A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good, ...for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. - Luke 6:45
It's often said that you cannot give what you don't have. And what sinks on the inside determines what you bring on the outside. Your ability to pull off a task is often determined by the pool of skills and competencies that are resident in your tank. Those who empty the tank and give a good account of themselves are often people who take the pains to fill their tanks and turn them into gold mine of competencies and information. If you aren't pulling your own weight to fill your tank, you would potentially draw a blank and come across as someone who cannot be banked on when there is a crying need for a helping hand.
Ezra, the priest, deemed it wise to fill his tank. He gave up himself to the study of the Law. He built the capacity to unpack the requirements of the Law and the competence to drive it home to the Israelites. He put in the groundwork to fill his tank on the front end. And in an attempt to help the children of Israel to keep on track with the Law of the Lord, he was able to empty the tank. If you lack the driving force to give a good account of yourself, you would most likely get the cold shoulder and kept on the sidelines.
However, if you keep plugging away to fill your tank, you would certainly not be kept under the radar. You rather stand yourself a good stead to step up to the plate and make a difference. Are you feeling sidelined, thinking no one is giving you a break to demonstrate your competencies? You might have to examine whether you have what it takes to empty the tank and whether you have the makings of someone that could be banked on. As you exhibit the drive to fill your tank, may you begin to make laudable and stellar impact wherever you go in Jesus name.