Making the Extra Effort
Teachers reward the students who work hard. You can tell the difference between a student who does just enough to get by and a student who works above and beyond. Athletes are rewarded when they go out perform everyone else. They are ones who win the MVP awards and get the big time paydays. You are rewarded at work for doing stellar work and meeting your deadlines. We see it everywhere we go: the people who make the extra effort are rewarded for their work.
Don’t you think the same thing would be true of God’s kingdom? We are all workers in God’s vineyard. Time and time again we read about the Kingdom of God being likened to workers in a vineyard. Are you working hard? Are you doing the bare minimum? Or are you making the extra effort?
God has called us to work in His vineyard. He wants us to win souls. Jesus told us, “open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest”” (John 4:35). What are we doing to win souls for Christ? Have we decided that was someone else’s job? Are we doing the bare minimum? Or are we going above and beyond our call of duty and trying to save every soul we come in contact with?
Are you serving God to the best of your ability? Some people only come to one church service, is that making the extra effort? Some people only come to services, but they don’t help out in worship. Is that making the extra effort? Some people will do just enough get by. If we have that attitude, then we will be sorely disappointed when we get to heaven. Jesus said, “not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). That should scare us. That should be a wake up call for us to start serving God to the best of our ability. Doing “just enough” is not serving God. Coming to only one service during the week is doing the bare minimum. God wants you to make the extra effort. And when you do, He will reward you greatly.