Joseph, Esther, Daniel. What did these biblical characters have in common? Well firstly, they all worked for the good of society, right alongside non-believers. How did they successfully do this?  They had personal traits that allowed them to rise and thrive at the top of their field. In these next few blogs we will take a look at a few of these traits.

They developed and sharpened their gifts and abilities:

While gathered with the other young ladies at the Kings palace, Esther learned how to approach the King and how to gain favor with him.  This may not sound like much, but remember, coming before the king the wrong way would have ended in her death. At the appointed time she was able to skillfully use her position to petition and influence the king on the behalf of her people.

While Joseph was in charge of Potiphar’s household he became acquainted with the business Potiphar conducted as an officer of Pharaoh. At the appointed time, Joseph was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream AND also give a solution. He was able to do this because he worked and developed his abilities prior to this moment.

Daniel stood out amongst his peers and even stood out from the best in Babylon. He strove for excellence as he worked and therefore developed skills and success that were second to none. He was subsequently given great responsibility and influence.

God may have given you the anointing, but it is up to you to work what God has given you to the best of your ability. No matter what position you hold or where you work, there are people, procedures and techniques that you can learn from to enhance and develop your expertise. God can then use you and your skills, gifts and abilities to influence for His good!

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