Hone your craft

Yesterday I was involved in a conversation that surprised me. Not because of the results of the conversation, but the fact that the conversation was taking place. I’m 31. I started in my church working at a school desk in my bosses’ office at 21 years old. It was a conversation that I felt equipped to have and honestly have been working towards for more than 10 years.

I didn’t think a conversation like that would ever happen. But as I sat down last night with a bit of time to think. I was overwhelmed by God’s grace.

I was thinking of Paul’s lack of desire to fix a paradox in our growth in sanctification.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:12-13 ESV

We work (exert effort in affirming our salvation, not in creating it), for it’s God who works in you.

Now for the fear of comments of taking passages out of context, I understand the context. I understand about this verse is out of the overflow of Christ’s life in place of ours. And that one day all will give account in v. 10-11. This should be the motivation behind affirming our faith, but I think this applies in all areas. As we grow closer in intimacy with Christ and are involved in His mission, we begin to see the way God made us uniquely, different.

So as a leader, hone your craft, sharpen your tools. As you grow, you’ll begin to see unique skillsets and gifts that others don’t have or don’t have in the same way. And realize, that they’ve probably always been there.

For me, there are two things that I would take steps on if this is resonating with you.

  • Put yourself in new situations and experiences to shed light on new skills or highlight different facets of skills that are already there.
  • Observe the questions that people bring to you. Are there commonalities in the questions that people ask you? Why is that?


As you discover your skills, focus your efforts more fully on developing those strengths and at the same time realizing the call to every follower of Christ doesn’t excuse you from not taking the time in those areas.

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