Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” – 2 Chronicles 1:10-12 (NIV)
Are you in pursuit of gaining more knowledge? Has it gotten to the point whereas you have become a perpetual student? Do you pride yourself due to the knowledge you have obtained? How do you plan to use all of your new found knowledge? Does it give you a sense of superiority? Do you use it to lord over people in order to climb the corporate ladder?
The truth of the matter is that knowledge obtained for any other purpose than to serve the Lord is done in vain. The only acts that will last for eternity are the ones that have been done unto the Lord. Grant it, servitude is not only reserved for pastors or evangelists. We are called to serve the Lord in our workplace, home or wherever the Lord has us at present.
Even though a job well done requires knowledge in that particular field and it typically generates income, it cannot become the focal point. Similar to Solomon’s case, wisdom should be sought after in order to effectively carry out our God appointed positions. The object should never be to draw attention to self but to praise the Source from where all wisdom and understanding flows. With a right focus, He will automatically add all things unto us.
Lord, thank You for revealing to me that I need a shift in perspective. I recognize that the world says that I should work harder to get ahead but You say that I should work hard to show the world who I am working for. I commit to working out of a spirit of servitude and gratitude and trust that You will take care of the rest.