We were in a friendly discussion recently when the conversation went in the direction of a young man who had worked in an organization some years back. It struck me heavily when the boss said, “There was great transformation during the short moment he was with us. I just could not keep him for that long because I desired that he make huge progress also in his career. He is very effective”. Another person added, “The institution he went to after he left also felt his impact.” 

Beloved, people see you. People talk about you. People weigh your competence or incompetence. 

Capacity means I can do it. Competence means I can do it well. Capacity can bring you into the King’s Palace, but competence keeps you there. Capacity can get you an invitation to hear about the challenges; competence will keep you relevant while other advisers are being sacked or killed in Babylon. It makes you relevant no matter who is in power. 

One of the things a believer must strive for is competence. Be so competent that those who need you would have to accept you and all your values. It would not matter anymore if Daniel prayed as long as he could solve the problem of the King. When detractors gang up against you, be so effective that they should not find an answer to the question, “If we get rid of him, who can do it like he does it?”

Competence makes you relevant no matter the season. Do not cry for wealth transfer if you are not building cutting-edge competence. What vehicle will wealth ride to come to you? Competence makes you indispensable. Competence keeps you relevant and “un-putdown-able.” Build competence. 

King Solomon crossed the borders to look for competence: King Solomon then asked for a man named Huram to come from Tyre. He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. Huram was extremely skillful and talented in any work in bronze, and he came to do all the metal work for King Solomon.

1 Kings 7:13-14 NLT

See the royal request that brought David to the Palace:  “All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well, and bring him here.”

1 Samuel 16:17 NLT

He was not looking for just anyone. He looked for someone who could play (not just that) but who could ‘play well.’ 

What kept him indispensable to King Saul? Whatever David was asked to do, he did it successfully. That is competence. 

Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike. 1 Samuel 18:5 NLT

If you have a prophecy for global impact hanging around your head, but you also have a pattern of incompetence, you have the car but lack the fuel. You will keep admiring the beautiful car but you are going nowhere. 

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