“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
Mediocrity and wisdom do not mix. Well, they do if you consider oil and water a good blend of ingredients.
The wisdom in this Proverb says to be the most skillful person possible when it comes to what God has called and gifted and equipped you to do. The one who is skillful will not settle for average or mediocrity. No, no. The wise man works diligently on his/her skill, striving to have their work approved by the best in the land.
Solomon put it this way in Ecclesiastes: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. . . “
In Ephesians 6, Paul said to work as if you were working for the LORD Himself.
Wisdom strives to harness his/her skill in order to be the best around. Others work just to ‘get by.’
I don’t know where or what your ‘work’ is at this season of your life – but I do know how the wise person would approach it: To be the most skilled person out there.
Don’t settle for average. Don’t live just to get by. Don’t do your work to be approved by ‘obscure men.’ No, no. Do it to be noticed by the top in your field – due to your commitment to excellence and perfection. Do it with all of your might, as unto the Lord.