I saw a quote once that said, “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” How true it is. My husband, Bradlee Dean, has a saying, “You don’t get to the top of the mountain by falling on it.” In other words, you have to climb it every step of the way to get to the top. There are no shortcuts to success and “Nothing worth having in this life comes easy,” as the saying goes.
So many times people, especially “professed Christians,” like to give excuses or reasons for them to do nothing. “Well,” they say, “God is on the throne” or “All we can do is pray,” but they have no actions to back up their faith. As Scripture says in James 2:17, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” If you are not motivated to action in your life to live out and walk out your faith, then chances are it’s because you have no real faith at all!
I am saying a couple different things here, but the fact of the matter is, number one, if anything is going to get done in your life for the Kingdom and for the Salvation of men’s souls here on earth, you’re going to have to be persevering and persistent to reach out to as many people as possible.
Number two, you can’t wish things into existence. You have to move things into existence. You have to put feet to your prayers. For example, you can pray all day to stop abortion, but what have you actually physically done to do so. Have you made other people aware of what it truly is? Have you sat outside of an abortion clinic and tried to reach some of the mothers who are going inside? Have you signed a petition? Have you knocked on doors? Have you written a flyer or pamphlet about it? If not, you can’t complain about what you, in a sense, tolerate.
We are called to be men and women of action. We are to push forward with all that God has called us to do. We cannot sit back in the shade of life and expect good things to happen. We must be diligent and faithfully persistent in our cause to win men and women to Christ and in everything the Lord has called us to do on a daily basis.
We cannot be lax or slack when it comes to the Christian faith. We cannot be slack with the duties God has given us to do. We cannot sit back and hope things get better in this world. No, we need to take action to bring the light of Christ wherever we go, so that people will see our “…good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). “…Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” as the Scripture says in James 1:22.
So, the next time you are tempted to sit back in the shade of life and not take seriously your call, remember, we are in a battle for the lost, times are dark, and the people in this world are literally hopeless and dying to see Christ.
We have a job to do.
We have the light of God’s truth to shine through His Son Jesus Christ, but we must make our way to the darkness to do so. So get up, get moving and climb that mountain till you get to the top!