If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
It has been said that everyone has at least one talent or gift.
While this is a true statement, on the other hand it is our responsibility as an individual to develop our talents and giftings.
This morning I would like to point out a few things that can help you and I continue to grow as an individual and get better at what God has called us to do.
Notice I didn’t say for the leader to get better, but for us as an individual to get better at who God has called us to be and at what God has called us to do.
We should all strive to get better at who God has called us to be and get better at what God has called us to do.
How many want to keep growing in your walk with God?
How many want to keep growing in your skills?
How many want to keep growing in your talents and abilities?
I believe we should all have a desire to get better.
This morning I would like to focus on getting better in what God has called us to do.
This is called “Sharpening your Axe principle. “
When an individual looks for new and up to date ways to develop their skills, grow in an area, and get better at what God has called us to do.
Some of us may know it as “Taking our skills to another level.”
When an individual takes the responsibility of improving themselves and getting better at what they do, this can bring about a greater impact in what the individual does.
When a person takes the responsibility of bettering themselves this can be a game changing quality.
Did you know that it is not someone else’s responsibility to grow, but we need to take a personal responsibility to grow ourselves?
We should desire to take our skills to another level.
Why, so we can make a bigger impact on a hurting world.
The better that you and I get at what God has called us to do, the bigger the impact we will make on this generation.
The Bible says “If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring about success.
Well there are a lot of definitions of success, but today I would like us to look at success as you and I doing what God has called us to do.
I recently preached a message on a Thursday night entitled “What does success look like?”
In that sermon I mentioned that there are 3 things that should be the goal of our success.
1. Love God with all our heart, soul and mind.
2. Pursue the purpose the God has upon our lives.
3. Impact people that don’t know Jesus as we pursue our purpose.
Our definition of success should be to love God with all our heart, soul and mind.
To pursue God’s purpose for our lives and to impact hurting people as we carry out that plan.
This morning I would like to look at not only should we be carrying out the plan that God has for our lives, but we should also be getting better at what God has called us to do.
We shouldn’t be at the same level of skill in 2019 that we were in 2018.
Now I know most of the time when we talk to people who go to church about growing and getting better, we think of getting better as a spiritual thing.
Such as getting better and growing in my prayer life, getting better and growing in my Word life, getting better in my church attendance and getting better and growing in my walk with God.
Yes, we need to get better in these things and continue to grow in these areas, but this morning I would also like to focus on growing in our skills.
Looking at practical ways that you and I can take our skill to another level.
Yes, even as a child of God, you and I should be growing in our skills.
How about getting better in what we do at work, because after all we are working for the Lord.
How about getting better at being a Father or a Mother, a son or a daughter.
How about getting better in our talents and in our gifts?
How about getting better in our schooling?
How about getting better in our finances?
Such as learning how to budget, learning how to manage our finances, learning how to prepare ourselves for financial blessings.
Elder/Pastor Al Valdez said God will not bless you with what you pray for, He will bless you with what you are prepared for.
Many of us get financial blessings, but since we don’t know how to manage the finances once we get them, we end up barely making it.
Did you know that 85% of the people who win the lotto get bankrupt within 5 years? Why, because they were not prepared for the blessing and didn’t know how to handle it.
How about getting better at the ministry that God has called us to do?
We can get better by attaining resources, taking classes, asking questions and investing in material that will take our skills to another level.
I heard one preacher say he went to a leadership conference and wanted to buy all the material that the person speaking at the conference was selling in the back.
When he went to go purchase the material it came up to about $1,600 that is over R22,000.
His friend that was with him said, “That is a lot of money, do you think this material is worth that? “
Then the one buying the resources and the growth material said I don’t know if the material is worth it, but I am.
Sometimes one of the hardest things for you and I to do is to invest in who we want to become.
Here is a little secret if you and I don’t invest in our growth no one is going to do it for us.
How many want to get better?
How many want to take your skills to another level?
Not only should you and I continue to develop in our prayer life, our word life, and in our walk with God, but there are also practical areas that you and I should continue to develop in as a Christian.
They have a desire to get better.
They have a desire to keep learning.
They have a desire to keep asking questions.
Did you know that one of the best ways to get better at something is to ask questions?
Here are a few quotes about knowing it all:
Quote: Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don’t.
Quote: I have no need for google, I have teen-agers who know it all.
Yes… It is ok to ask questions. I know sometimes we don’t like asking questions because then people will know that we don’t know the answer.
Not only in ministry, but also in day to day skills.
See the challenge sometimes is not you and I praying to God and asking Him to bless us, but you and I knowing how to take care of the blessing once we get it.
Knowing how to make the house payment once we get the house.
Knowing how to take care of the car once we get the car.
Knowing how to budget the finances once we get them.
Having the skills and the know-how of handling the blessings once they come our way.
One of the things that you and I can do in order to take our skills to another level, is investing our time into things that help us get better.
Somebody say “time.”
We all have 24 hours in a day. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, we all have 24 hours in a day.
Did you know that Time is a currency?
Just like every country has a currency:
Japan has the yen, America has the dollar, France uses the Euro and here in South Africa we use the Rand. Heaven has a currency and that is faith.
The currency of the earth is time. Seed, Time and harvest.
Whatever accomplishments we have today, we have probably invested time into getting that result.
I would say that time is even more valuable than money. You can make more money, but we can’t get more time.
How we spend our time is more important than how we spend our money.
It is not where successful people spend their money that makes them successful, but it is where they spend their time.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
So, teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed
So instead of Time Management maybe we should start doing Time Investments.
Wherever we invest our time will show up in accomplishments.
The first one to climb mount Everest.
Sir Edmund Hillary is the first person documented to climb Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953. He didn’t just show up and climb Mt. Everest but he invested time in preparation and developing his skills to accomplish climbing the mountain.
It took a lot of preparation, work, money, skills and time.
As a matter of fact, he tried climbing the mountain before and he failed.
Just to give you a perspective of how huge Mt. Everest is:
The height of Table Mountain: 1,085 m
The height of Mount Everest – 8,848 m
He tried climbing it before and failed but he didn’t quit. He got better and he took his skills to another level.
What does the bible say, skills will bring success?
How many know in order for him to get better and to be able to tackle this mountain, he had to invest time into his skills, his knowledge and in him getting better.
He had to grow.
I even heard it said that when Sir Hillary tried to climb Mt. Everest the first time he failed, but he pointed at the mountain and said “Mountain you got me this time, but you have grown as much as you can grow and I am going to get better .”
And that he did on May 29th, in 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Tell your neighbor growth is my responsibility and it takes time.
"It wasn't just a personal quest. It was something I embarked on in an effort to educate the African child. Everything that I have done, I've done because somebody invested in my education.
"I believe my achievement means that, in a small way, I took every African, who might have been told that they couldn't consider their pursuit, with me to the top of the world.
"I wish that this will inspire every African child, black or white, to reach their own individual Everest, whether it be homework, [or] that business that you are struggling with..."
Khumalo said it should be remembered that this had been her fourth attempt, conveying the message that one should never give up on one's aspirations
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