“It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops” (2 Tim. 2:6)
To the Victor go the spoils.
To the worker go the rewards.
To God goes the Glory!
Hard work pays off in many ways: the satisfaction of a job well done, the fulfillment of a long-term goal, and sometimes, the reaping of a well-deserved reward.
The reverse is also true.
“Those who till their land will have plenty of food, but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.” (Prov. 12:12)
The quick buck is often the most fleeting.
Easy come, easy go.
Get-rich-quick schemes fail for many reasons, but the foremost is the fact that nothing lasting or valuable ever manifests itself without hard work and dedication.
Movies are not made overnight – they take months, even years, of dedication, constant effort and expertise. Everyone has to know what they’re doing, and to do that, they must practice tirelessly for a really long time to hone their craft to perfection.
That is one reason the film industry pays its workers so well.
Without the expertise of the actors, directors, writers, editors, camera guys, gaffers, set & costume designers, location & cast coordinators, choreographers, dialect coaches, storyboard animators, musical composers, and various other roles that need filling, the whole project would suffer. A lot of people with a lot of practice, and with a single vision, are required to make a “good” movie.
That’s a lot of work!
And it pays off, too.
It is the same with anything else worthwhile.
The Lord says, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a thief.” (Prov. 6:10)
Translation: Get to work!
You have a very special skill set that no one else has – no one else can do what you do.
Maybe it’s farming, or maybe it’s painting.
Maybe it’s writing, or maybe it’s speaking.
Whatever natural talents God gave you, He gave specifically to you.
But to achieve the greatness and receive the rewards God has in store for you, you cannot rely on talent alone – you must work at it.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Luke 10:2)
The getting is good, if you’ll just get it.