Mary*, a Haggai leader and member of a pastoral team in Indonesia, reflects on a verse in Proverbs that calls us to work in integrity.
“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29
To be skillful, we need to encourage ourselves to learn and study and to apply it in our daily life. How can we become skillful or, in Hebrew, מָ֘הִ֤יר (mā-hîr), if we never implement what we have learned? We ought to be diligent, never tired of learning and doing good things. This is not easy and often we will make mistakes and have failures. But who doesn’t? The Bible says that “The righteous ones will fall seven times and rise up again” (Prov 24:16). Each of us will have a different kind of journey, but we all have the same purpose: to glorify His name.
I often felt discouraged and wanted to quit in the midst of my ministry, but I pray and ask for His help, and the Holy Spirit helps me, and that’s what makes me to continue the journey until the finish line. I learn not to see myself as what I see, but to see me the way God sees me.
How can we pray for your country? Pray for Indonesia as it faces the presidential election in 2024. Pray that the right person will be elected to lead our country, and they fear of God and are capable of running the country.
What did your Haggai Leader Experience mean to you? Haggai teaches me to plan about sharing the Gospel in the proper way.
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