A man of God noticed that they were having serious issues with their technical department despite that the departmental head was a graduate of electrical engineering. While praying, he was led to put someone else there; a medical doctor.

In no time, the issues were resolved and the operations went smoothly. He later learned that the electrical engineer depended on his expertise and would not pray or prepare while the medical doctor desperately sought for God’s help in prayers and preparation. He put faithfulness before ability.

Friend, when it comes to matters of service and leadership, faithfulness comes before ability (Acts 13:36). It is better to give an assignment to a faithful man who currently lacks ability than to give it to an unfaithful genius. But it is best to look for a faithful man with ability.

The challenge most times is that faithful people lack ability while able people are unfaithful. God is looking for those who are both faithful and able (2 Timothy 2:3). A truly faithful man would strive to acquire the right ability for the assignment given to him. Availability without ability is nothing but disability.

It is a sign of mediocrity for someone to only pride in his faithfulness or integrity without acquiring the required ability and it is fraudulent for a man of ability to play truant with the assignment given to him (Luke 16:10-12). David served with the integrity of his heart and the skillfulness of his hands (Psalms 78:70-72).

Sincere heart and good hands are inseparable duo as far as effectiveness in life and leadership is concerned. Gifted hands must not fall for the temptation of developing a bad heart while good hearted people must never be too lazy to acquire skill.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria