I’ve heard it said many times, “Success is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” You can probably argue with the proportions, but the principle holds true. There is not, nor will there ever be a substitute for doing the work.
Right now, I can feel some of my Christian brothers and sisters wanting to call me on this. They want to point out the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our success and I want to acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is indeed vital and of utmost importance. The problem is I sometimes think people omit our part while leaving it all in the hands of God. This, more often than not is not the case. Oh God’s roll is huge, but what does He call us to over and over and over again? One word, “FAITHFULNESS.” The easy definition of faithfulness is doing the best you can with what God gives you. Why else would the Word of God say, In Ephesians 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
God gives us our gifts. He gives us the resources and He gives the opportunities. What does He want us to do? Make the most of those opportunities. Putting everything He has given us into the opportunities He puts before us. In evil these days, we need to take every opportunity to glorify God, so that others can see Him.
In the sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5) Jesus gives us this very familiar passage: 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Sounds like a little perspiration just may be in order. In the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25) the master commends the servants who put what He gave them to work, while condemning the one who played it safe and in the process buried what the Master invested in Him. In commending the servants who did the work, He said, “Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come, share in your master’s happiness.”
And finally, in Matthew 24, Jesus reminds us that: “45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
It seems clear, Jesus commends those who are diligently working to bring forth His Kingdom here on earth, fulfilling His will and giving Him glory. He’s already give the inspiration. It’s time for a little perspiration.
Let’s roll up our sleeves people… Time to go to work and do what we’re called to do.