This afternoon I was reading through my awesome NKJV Chronological Study Bible when this verse jumped out at me:
“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men,” (Proverbs 22:29).
Now being that I’ve been walking in the Lord (pronounced “Lawd”) for the majority of my 26 years (since the age of 7), so I’ve read this verse several times, but it stood out to me particularly today.
It speaks of a man (or woman) who is greatly talented—maybe in one area, maybe in more—and because of that great gifting God has given him (or her) access to “stand before kings”.
Standing before Kings
When I look at the phrase standing before kings, I think of several things such as the people you “stand” before:
- Politicians & Judges
- Corporate Moguls
- Celebrities, Athletes & Entertainers, etc.
I also think about what the term “stand” implicates.
- To Meet, Become Acquainted
- To Network
- To Speak & Preach
- To Teach & Train
- To Befriend
- To Be Mentored
King Solomon had it down when he stated this verse. He knew that the giftings God placed inside of us would be worthy of the great men and women He (God) would cause you to interact with on various levels. He knew that the greatness of your gift would denote the greatness of the people in the you were literally made to stand before. You WILL NOT [only] stand before unknown men.
We also know that when a thing is said once or twice, that it is established. So I guess that it’s a good thing there’s another verse to back Proverbs 22:29 up.
“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men,” (Proverbs 18:16).
Again, a person’s gift will literally create a time, place, and opportunity for you to stand before great men.
Real Life Examples
Marshawn Evans, ME University
Marketplace Mentor, Reinvention Strategist, Author
I’m on a particularly exciting high right now due the free televent (conference call) Marshawn just hosted. It was extremely inspiring! Due to Marshawn’s mentoring from a distance, I was able to (finally) create a realistic Mission Statement for my life that helps to guide my decision and actions, started this blog, and wrote a book (353 pages and counting) that I am currently editing and looking for a publishing house to pick up. All this and I haven’t even got the opportunity to buy her book SKIRTS in the Boardroom or attend one of her live events yet!
Officially, Marshawn Evans is a marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist who mainly deals with women, yet she is also a consultant who deals frequently with athletes, corporate giants and their businesses, and other high level individuals. Marshawn has also finished as the third runner up in the Miss America pageant under the title as Miss District of Columbia (she won in the Talent & Interview segments) and starred in Donald Trump’s The Apprentice reality show. Needless to say, Marshawn’s ability to take her wisdom, intelligence, and go-get-it spirit into a product that can be merchandised and also used to mentor other individuals on various levels has created a special niche in the world just for her. If you’re not familiar with her, get familiar. Her gifts will help you to realise your own.
Dr. Myles Munroe, Myles Munroe International
Kingdom Specialist, Government Consultant, Business Mentor, Author
Dr. Myles Munroe is also another favourite of mine. Defying the odds of his grade school teachers who told him he would never do anything, this determined man graduated from Oral Roberts University with not one, not two, but three Bachelors degrees at one time! And that was just his undergrad studies! I have sat under Dr. Munroe’s teachings theological and corporate teachings more times than I can count and read (and gotten autographed) more of his books than I can recall. His influence during my formative college years into the present has produced in me a [Gospel of the] Kingdom mindset that is still continuing to form as I learn more and increase in wisdom.
Dr. Myles has the privilege of travelling the world translating his Kingdom principles into governmental trainings, corporate teachings, theological sermons, and phenomenal ministry products that world-renown individuals would pay any amount of money to receive in person. Dr. Myles has stood before “great men”; he has literally been bestowed honours by the Queen of England; he has and is continuing to fulfill his purpose in the earth through the giftings God has placed within him.
Note that although your gift is meant and made to bring you before great men, that it does not mean you will never have a reason, need, or desire to stand before common men. For if there was no one to provide you with a good and godly role model how could Marshawn and Dr. Myles have attained the heights they have? Our common man, everyone who has a desire for more wisdom, more knowledge, and purpose will always need those who have mastered Proverbs 22:29 and 18:16 to teach them how to master it as well. This example we get from the greatest and most gifted man to walk the earth, the Son of God: Jesus Christ. His compassion moved Him always to minister to people whomever they were, wherever they were. We should strive, even in all of our giftings to be just like Him. God has given us each gifts and measures of gifts, therefore, we must be good stewards of that which God has given us and help to benefit, first the Church, then the world at large. Without that goal in mind, our gifts would be entirely useless.
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