God Loves Your Hustle

We’ve all stood on a mountaintop in our lives at one time or another. It feels great! Nothing on earth can compare to the feeling that you get as you look out from the collective top-side of your talents, abilities, and passions. It’s the feeling of success, accomplishment, self-worth, and satisfaction all rolled into one moment of epic victory. In my life, I find that it’s usually in moments like these when two thoughts enter my mind simultaneously:

“This feels amazing!” and “I’m kind of freaking out because I have no idea where to go from here!”

If you’re like me, you immediately start praying to God for direction, for a greater capacity to do more, and for your next steps as you begin the hustle towards your next mountaintop again. Now I understand that there has been some negative sentiment directed toward the thought of “hustling” for your calling. How no amount of effort can ever make us good enough to earn God’s favor. And while those sentiments are right in a cosmic sense, it doesn’t merit laziness or working less either. Scripture has just as much to say about laziness and work as much as it does about God’s unmerited favor. So, in my mountaintop moments, I find myself going back to the “Parable of the Talents” that Jesus spoke on in Matthew 25.14-30 and every time I do I gain new perspective concerning how God balances faithfulness and hustle.

  1. Faithfulness and obedience got you here and nothing less will get you to the next place.
    While you may have the talents and the skills to pay the bills, know that no amount of talent can ever trump obedience in your life. When you’re obedient to Christ you sacrifice for the call, and when you sacrifice for the call you empty yourself and make room for the Spirit to fill you.
  2. God rewards your faithfulness with responsibility.
    Notice in the parable that the reward of the faithful servants weren’t an all-expense paid vacation to a resort on the Red Sea or lifetime supply of spa days at the Dead Sea. Nope. Their reward was responsibility. Notice how Luke 19.11-27 says that as they were faithful with money God rewarded them with running CITIES! Now while it would feel pretty amazing to be the boss of 5-10 cities, that also comes with a greater need for stewardship, strategic thinking, and tons of humility.
  3. Double is ALWAYS within your personal capacity.
    I love this. I love how in Matthew 25, faithfulness leads to a return of double. The servant who was faithful with 5 talents earned 5 back, and was suddenly responsible for 10 talents. God doubled his responsibility and as a result increased his capacity. How do I know? Because God will never set you up to fail if you trust Him and show it through your obedience.

So enjoy that mountaintop, breathe in the fresh air that few people get to breathe at that level, and then look up at the next imposing mountain that stands in front of you and take heart, because that mountain exists for the sole purpose of being conquered by you

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Next Gen Pastor, River Valley Church

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