All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
Talk is easy. People can talk about a lot of things that they will plan to do. Dreams and goals are often talked about and set on a daily basis by millions of people. Grand dreams of changing the world, inventing the newest gadget, starting a business, and much more.
Every new year, people will draw up elaborate lists of goals for the new year. Many times they will go into great detail of what the goal is and how they plan to accomplish it.
Out of all of the goals set, very few will ever be accomplished. Very few people will take the steps needed in order to fulfill the goal that they had set.
Solomon brings out a great truth about hard work and talk. Hard work will often lead to a profit or success, while just talking will bring only poverty.
It will often take hard work and dedication to accomplish a goal. Most goals are not easily accomplished.
It is common for people to seek to gain without the hard work. They want the ‘get rich quick’ method, rather than the slower hard work method. In the process, most of their goals are just talk, leading to nothing.
This can also be found in the life of a believer. Many believers talk about following God and believing in Jesus, yet, that is all it is…talk. Their lives never change. They continue to live the same way, often in sins, and refusing to be a witness.
Although salvation is free, God has work for every believer to do. It sometimes takes hard work to be a witness. It can be hard work to turn away form sin. It can be hard work to pray or read the bible. Yet, doing each of these and following God will bring about a profit of the soul.
Not working for God will bring to a poverty of the spirit and soul, missing what God has for the person.
Do not just allow yourself to talk about being a follower of Jesus, be one. Do the hard work God has called you to do.
Work at turning away from sin, work at being His witness, work at being like Jesus. Do what it takes to build your life into the image of Jesus. As you do your part, God will do His part and bring the reward and increase the efforts effects.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus brings; that you will work to turn from sin against God; that God will give you the strength to be His witness; and that you will not be a follower of Jesus just in words, but in action.