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Have you ever wondered, Why do some non-believers accomplish great things on earth, while many faithful Christians barely survive? The answer to this interesting question is complex, but strongly rooted in how hard (and smart) people work.

Although tradition has taught many of us to "wait on God” for everything, the Bible teaches that we have creative control over our lives. God gives us talents, ideas, and opportunities (even the little ones we overlook). And it’s up to us to plant, water, and develop those things. You see, spiritual and natural laws always work – even for non-believers. If you sow good and consistent seeds, you’ll reap good and consistent fruit. In fact, Proverbs 14:23 (one of my favorite Scriptures!) states, “All hard work pays off. But if all you do is talk, you will be poor” (New International Reader’s Version). I love that Scripture because it doesn’t state, “All hard work done by Christians pays off.” It simply states, “All hard work pays off.” That applies to both Christians and non-Christians.

Pray hard, but don’t neglect to work hard.

I once heard a wise man say that Christians are called to be “supernatural” – because God is the “super,” and we are the “natural.” But, some Christians want God to do all the work. This is because they forget that faith without corresponding (equal in intensity) action is powerless (James 2:17). So roll up your sleeves, and work much harder than you talk … or dream.

Written by: Marsha DuCille - Publisher/Editorial Director
publisher @ calledmagazine.com

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