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“You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”

James 2:18-20

The desire to achieve success is one of the things that we all have in common; regardless of age, gender, race or religion, we all want to grow and become better today than what we were yesterday. However, although we all seem to be decided on the fact that we want to be successful, there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to how hard we are willing to work to get there!

Apostle James was very clear in warning us not to assume that faith alone will guarantee us success and growth, but that doing the actual work was also just as important.In today’s world where there is no shortage of distractions; from social media, to current affairs, it can become very easy to rely solely on faith and neglect doing of the work we ought to be doing to realise our goals, dreams and aspiration.

God has placed within each of us all that is necessary to be successful and to accomplish that which HE has called us to do here on earth. But the responsibility to water and nurture the abilities and giftings God within us, is our responsibility. I recall picking up an article on “16 People Who Worked Incredibly Hard To Succeed” in a Business Insider issue and it stated that in the beginning of his league career, the NBA legend Michael Jordan would spend his off seasons taking hundreds of shots a day to improve his jump shot. Although he clearly had talent, this didn’t take away his zeal to work harder than his teammates to achieve the historic success he has managed to achieve in his career.

In the book of Luke, Jesus makes it very clear that we are to do business until He comes back (Luke 19:12-13). God wants us to work at achieving our goals, to work at building the Kingdom here on earth, to work at having an intimate relationship with Him, to work at using our gifting for Christ to be revealed, to work at our marriages, work at our careers; until Christ returns.

Therefore, the question of success, is less about who desires to have it, but more about who is willing to work hard at it. I believe Dwayne Johnson was spot on when he said that; “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.

Make a decision today to consistently work at the dream that God has hidden within you, let your faith and your works align and produce much fruit.


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