Maximum Effort

Maximum Effort

As a person we all have ideals, goals, dreams, but what does that mean? Me personally I enjoy photography, writing, archery, but what does this really mean? Our goals are usually our own, but are we in tune to what God wants from us? Do our goals match those of Gods? As David knew from an early age he was destined to become King, we aren’t as lucky knowing our destiny. How much effort do we put into our futures? What do we put our efforts into? Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Whatever we do should be the best we can for the Lord. Romans 14:19 “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” In all things we should put our efforts in Love. Love the Lord and that fact that Love isn’t always easy, that’s what makes it worthwhile. No mater the path we are put on by God shouldn’t we put in as much effort as we do the things of a worldly nature that make us ‘happy’? Hebrews 10:36 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” What if we put all that effort in getting rich, or climbing the mountain, building empires, our careers, as we do to spread the word of the Lord? What if we put all that effort into loving our neighbors and remember the teachings of the Lord? Romans 15:5 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,” As the climbing of a mountain takes courage, strength, and endurance, so does giving our maximum effort to Christ. Remember the most important mountain to climb is the mountain to Heaven. It won’t be easy, but we were told it wouldn’t be. Never quit moving forward. Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Whatever you do, do your best. Always remember, get out there and make a difference. Climb that mountain, go the distance.


2 thoughts on “Maximum Effort

  1. One thing I do wonder here is how do we know if we are following God’s calling? I agree that just because something is difficult, that does not mean we shouldn’t pursue it. Many of the most worthwhile things are difficult, and following Christ can be no exception. What of some of the other things we do, though? If someone pursues a career or venture with the intention of helping others, for example, but that path proves too difficult and off-putting even while the desire to help others remains strong, then should that path continue to be followed, or should the person consider that their calling to help others remains true, but their chosen path may be in error? If it is the path that God has called them to, then by all means they should follow it, however it would be unfortunate to put in all that effort and choose not to abandon a path, even in God’s name and the desire not to give up on something just because it’s difficult, if it were to turn out that path was not actually the one the person was called to. Just because something is difficult doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the path we were called to follow. Sometimes, something can be difficult because it actually is the wrong path. How do we know, though? When a path is difficult, how do we know that we are following the right one and need to find the strength to pursue it because it’s what God has called us to do, versus if it is so difficult because it is not actually meant for us, and so should abandon so we can find and follow the actual path God is calling us to?


    1. First, there’s never an easy answer to every question. The biggest thing to know is our path is often our own. For someone else to pass any kind of judgement is not appropriate. Things we should absolutely keep in mind is we are called to raise the concern of sinful behavior. If you plan to rob a bank that’s probably not following Gods path. For your own personal walk you need to be listening and watching for the signs God has put in your path. For instance, if I say it’s in my path to go to Hawaii to live on the beach and be a beach bum preacher then obviously it may be, it may not be, but our walk is our path. There is scripture that tells us we often need to fall back to a quiet place to meditate and pray. Sometimes we may be wrong with our path, but sometimes what path may seem wrong it may have only been a temporary path, and a bigger future lays ahead. Remember there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.


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