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So, send me a master craftsman who can work with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, as well as with purple, scarlet, and blue cloth. He must be a skilled engraver who can work with the craftsmen of Judah and Jerusalem who were selected by my father, David.

I am sending you a master craftsman named Huram-abi, who is extremely talented. His mother is from the tribe of Dan in Israel, and his father is from Tyre. He is skilful at making things from gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and he also works with stone and wood. He can work with purple, blue, and scarlet cloth and fine linen. He is also an engraver and can follow any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen and those appointed by my lord David, your father.

Memory Verse: Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

During my years of work in the retail industry in a managerial and recruiter role, my understanding behind growing resources broadened, experience taught me that the requirements for gaining employment into any role in any industry, not just retail, was not static. In my earlier years, it was pretty easy to get a job as a customer service advisor or sales assistant. It felt like a job you go into without much expectation and the successful delivery of competence was completely dependent on your manager’s instructions and guidance, but that era is long gone. These days you find out that the entry requirements are clearly defined in job advertisements, there is a precise expectation that applicants can deliver certain task independently without being micromanaged, some jobs even have an expectation for you as an applicant to hit the ground running meaning no time for settling you in, what this connotes is during interviews, as a panel of recruiter, we asked some scenario based questions to determine if you are competent and ready for the role.

Just like the outside world, a Christian life is not to be static. Although God is our source and our dependence is fully on the Holy spirit, we are not expected to remain baby Christians forever. There is an expectation from our father that His Children grow daily. The word of God is our nutritional source which we are to tap into daily to enhance and aid our growth 1Peter 2:2. No farmer plants without the expectation of growth and harvest, this means resourcefulness. Even the human race grows from a foetus to baby to adult to old age. Complete metamorphosis in biology speaks about the making of most small insets moving from eggs to larva, to pupa to adults. Something which remains constant in life is “Change” and change is unattainable without growth or decline.

Today’s bible verse describes when King Solomon was preparing to build the temple for the Lord, a move whose foundation was laid following the conversation between his later father King David and God. While work was ongoing on God’s temple, King Solomon was building his own palace in parallel according to 2 Chronicles 2:1. After the King had listed labourers and foremen amounting to 153,600 people in total, someone was still missing to finesse the labour force, he was still after a special master craftsman.

This individual was to be different from every other hired hand he already recruited and lined up to work on both the temple and palace projects, so therefore the individual had a job requirement which involved a skill set the king wanted.

King Hiram sent King Solomon a man named Huram-abi. He wasn’t just a master craftsman but to add to his resume an “Extremely” talented man. This man could not only do his job, he could do it very well and excellence precedes him.

God man have given Hiram – Abi natural abilities, and he may have learnt some skills from others, but the choice to be an outstanding craftsman was his own decision. His determination to stand out and be outstanding. His hunger to grow and become the best in his craft, the thirst and tenacity never to give up but keep going no matter the hurdles and roadblocks. This is the same attitude we have been called to have as Children of God. The book of Proverbs 22:29 teaches something which stands out, it speaks about how absolute competence changes the calibre of people you work for or relate with, it changes your level.

Today many Christians are slacking and no longer working on growth, it seems many who intentionally followed the footsteps of Christ from a long time ago are still not able to deliver in their capacity as a child of God. It looks more of a comfort zone which in most cases has hidden elements of stagnancy in it. Until you put the extra effort into your growth and development, you may never be ready for some of the exclusive tasks God wants you to carry out.

I encourage you today to work on your growth, spiritually. Remember the word of God in Hebrews 5:13-14 which says for someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

Are you prepared for when you’re needed?

· Father, thank you for everything you do for me

· Help me to grow spiritually and not be stagnant, from today let me edify self through your words, through prayers and through the doing which you have commanded me.

· Father let it be evident in my life that I am growing and empower me to do the tasks which you have purposed for me.

· Thank you, Father for the forgiveness of sins and answers to prayers, In Jesus name I Pray, Amen

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