What Are The Results?
"Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we fain not"
(Galatians 6:9 - KJV)
I spent about ten years of my life in the financial world. I worked for two fortune 500 companies and at one point the operation that I managed was in the top 5% of the company.Over the door of my office I had a sign that read, "Success is not a reward, it's a result." This is true whether we are talking about achieving success in the secular world or being successful Christians.
There is one thing that everyone of us has and that everyone of us has the opportunity to give up. Whether we are wanting to do something significant for the Kingdom of God or just live a successful life there are plenty of opportunities to give up along the way.
Life is a journey and so is our Christian walk. Four times in the Word of God we are told that the just shall live by faith. Faith is a journey while a miracle is instantaneous. Of course we all like the instantaneous better than the journey, but unfortunately we don't live by miracles, we live by faith.
One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Proverbs 4:23, which tells us that our hearts control the issues of our life. Many live their life subject to the elements that they encounter. However, the Bible declares that it is the heart of man that controls the circumstance of our life.
While there is really no way to fully control what we will come up against, we do have full control of how we handle it. People get wearied in so many different areas. Believe me, I've encountered my share of experiences that cause me to get weary. But in truth weariness is a condition of the heart. Our attitude, our outlook, our self motivation will determine if we will stand on the Word of God no matter what or give in to the pressure that comes against us.
There have been many powerful men and women who have lived for God such as the Apostle Paul, John G Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, Watchman Nee, and Katheryn Khulman. Many look at and focus on what they accomplished without taking into consideration what they went through. The Apostle Paul was shipwrecked, beaten, and left for dead many times while Smith was a drinking fool until later in his life. Watchman spent a good portion of his life in prison and John G Lake traveled to Africa by faith without a dime in his pocket having to trust God every step of the way. Kathryn Khulman stated she was God's second choice and faced the battle of being accepted in a "man's ministry world."
Each and every successful person has had their battle because true success is the result of the life and decisions that we make. It is amazing to see how many Christians struggle with the basics of Christianity arguing over minor points that should not matter in a life dedicated to be holy unto the Lord.
There are a multitude of promises in the Word of God that deals with our families, our money, or our health. The Word tells us that God watches over His Word to make sure it accomplishes what He has established. Our success or failure is not based upon anything other than our ability to trust in, follow, and not give up on God's Word.