Putting in the Effort
Written by: JR Vezain< Back to Articles
In my last article I wrote about the importance of our words and the impact they have on every situation. What a man says of him self, so he becomes. If we speak negatively about our situation, negative results is usually what we will get. If we dig into the word and speak life, positivity, and what we want out of the situation, that is what we will see. But it can’t stop with our words.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22 NLT
Another version says to “be a doer of the word.” You see, we can’t just pray for a miracle, speak faith over it, then sit on the couch and wait for it to happen. We can’t just pray for financial help, speak faith that a job will open up, then not put in an application at the next job opening. We can’t just pray for help in our marriage speak faith and pray about for our spouse. But, then not put down our phones to have an actual conversation or make an effort to go on a date night. We, must be doers. We have to put in the effort to get healthy, work physically, and do the rehab to get our healing miracle. We have to commit our work to the Lord, and he will show us where he wants us to get our next job (Proverbs 16:3). We have to work on loving our spouse and serving them, like Christ would have us do.
Just like the parable of the servants, found in Matthew 25:14-28. The two servants that invested their time, money, and energy on putting what the master had given to better themselves and their situation, received more. The one, who hid his talents, didn’t invest, didn’t better himself and his situation, received nothing. He actually got more taken away from him.
When, Jesus gives us something we need to to take action on it. When he gives us faith, we need to speak on it, act on it, and believe on it. We need to do everything we can to get better. The more we act on it and work diligently as though working for the Lord, and not humans, we will receive more! More healing, more money, more blessings, more peace in a marriage.
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 NLT
Whenever we work diligently for the Lord we receive more. So, don’t make excuses. No, “Oh maybe next weeks.” Get up. Get busy. Use what the Lord has given you. Hard work will never cheat us.