Has your work brought you before kings?

By Matt Danswan

About three weeks ago, I was flat out working in the middle of the day when I received a message on my Linkedin account. When I had a spare minute, I had a read of it.

It was from a gentleman working in a global recruitment firm seeking me out about taking on the CEO role of another company. Not wanting to ever hose down any opportunity, he asked if he could give me a call and we ended up chatting a few days later.

Essentially, the role was a move to another city, overseeing 400 staff of an organizaton that needs to work out its digital strategy. It was also an eye-watering pay packet!

It would have meant, though, that I was not free to run this company day to day, which would really stunt its growth, and I have not worked this hard for 16 years to just let it dwindle. However, like I said, I don’t think you should ever turn down any opportunity without at least considering it.

For many years I have read the scripture, “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

The bible is not referring to kings as such, but more to the point, people of high rank. I have been reading that scripture for at least twenty years, and I have always done my work for God, knowing that my work is also my ministry.

So after twenty years, I feel like I had that moment where I ‘stood before kings’. People had noticed my work and in the process wanted to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to bring my skills to their organization.

Long story short, I didn’t take the job, but it was a major compliment. In fact, being offered the job alone was enough to prove that for once, I might just be able to stand before kings.

So as you go about your day, I implore you to do your work unto God, and then wait and see what doors may open. Your work, and the attitude you have towards it, is one of the best ministries you have. It is also an excellent way you can share your faith.

Trust me, I have employed lots of people, and reliable, enthusiastic, energetic, engaged employees are not missed. You might work in a company that has thousands of staff, but if you bring these qualities to work each day, you’ll be standing before kings in your workplace one day.

And if it’s not the workplace you’re currently in, don’t lose hope, as someone else will take you into theirs before long.  So do your work as unto the Lord and watch what opportunities come your way.


Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of Christian Woman He also blogs at His new book NOT Business As Usual documents the story of the building of Initiate Media debt-free.