Class 55: “The Value Of Working Hard And Smart” (Part 4)
Listen to Class 55: “The Value Of Working Hard And Smart” (Part 4)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, “The Value Of Working Hard And Smart”.
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from Colin Powell. He said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
Here are some good ways that you can break the slothfulness habit if you struggle with this universal problem.
1. Sit down and define what you are about and what it is you would like to accomplish in life. Set specific goals and pursue them.
2. Make up a time schedule and plan how you will achieve your goals. And then pursue them like a mad man.
3. Be determined with the tenacity of a Bulldog, that you will not let anyone or anything get in your way of doing what you know you ought to do.
4. Get into the habit of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Most people can accomplish more in a given day simply by getting up by 5:00 a.m. as opposed to 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. Try it before you think I am nuts.
5. Work your plan! Work your plan! Work your plan! And work it daily. Never, never quit no matter what happens.
Dear brother, if you desire a college education, then you will have to work for it. If you desire to start a business, then you will have to work for it. If you desire to write a book, you will have to work. If you desire the “finer things in life,” you will have to work for them. Hard work pays great dividends. As Saint Paul said:
Second Thessalonians 3:10 says, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
Now, that’s serious.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
In order to achieve your goals, you must get into the habit of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier.
Proverbs 6:9 says, “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” Simply put, the slothful love their beds. They prefer sleep over accomplishment, and thus waste countless hours of this precious life which is truly a gift AND a responsibility from God.
Proverbs 26:14 says, “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.” This verse also claims that a sluggard spends way too much time in his bed. Begin to change your perception of sleep. In reality, rest serves the purpose of refueling us to go out and minister for Jesus Christ. Every unnecessary minute you spend in bed or on the couch is time that could be spent sharing the love of our Father with a lost and hurting individual.
The way you spend your time truly reflects the passions of your heart. Are you content with living selfishly by spending the majority of your time doing absolutely nothing to further God’s kingdom? Or, when you go to bed at night are you full of excitement for the moment your alarm clock goes off, and you can begin to discover what the Lord has planned for you for yet another day? Brother, do not allow your bed to become a stumbling block for God’s great plans for your life. Sleep is just not worth missing out on such blessings.
In order to achieve your goals, you must make a plan and work that plan daily.
Note how the following verses add to this suggestion.
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Discover your dreams, determine how to accomplish those dreams, and then refuse to be shaken. Jesus Christ desires that you attempt mighty things for His name, but He does not promise a life of ease. Satan will tempt you to quit “wasting your time”, the world will tell you to pursue more worthwhile causes, and your flesh will attempt to talk you into taking it easy and settling for simplicity. However, when you choose to follow hard after a life of Godliness your work is never in vain. Each trial and temptation, when overcome, only makes you more like Christ. Ultimately, a life of such devotion is successful in the most meaningful sense of the word.
Hebrews 6:12 says, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” A life of laziness will never receive the promises of God. You must choose patience and faithfulness, thus refusing to deny the pursuit of your goal regardless of the obstacles that come your way. (Answers may vary.)
Now, Just Do It
In conclusion to this lesson please read John 17:4. In Jesus’ prayer to His Father, He claims that God was glorified as a result of the Son completing the work He was sent to accomplish. Though your purpose is clearly different from that of Jesus Christ, please do not think for a second that it is insignificant. When God created you, He gave you a specific personality with certain talents so that you may be able to successfully accomplish a particular work for His kingdom. It is your responsibility and obligation as a child of God to discover what this work is. You do so by determining your make-up, skills, and passions. Then, you pray diligently for God to reveal His purpose. If you choose to ignore this divine call on your life because you prefer laziness and comfort, please realize you are not the only one affected by such a selfish decision. Rather, those individuals who God purposefully created with the intentions of your influence playing a significant role in their lives, may never come to know of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Is such a tragedy really worth an extra hour in bed or catching your favorite TV show?
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.
This course is for all young men, but especially for young black men and young men of color who oftentimes have a “difficult journey” in this great country called America. I call this class “the Ramp” to the Highway of Success because my goal is to get you on “the Ramp.” As a man, you ought to be able to make it from there. Out of respect for you as a young man, my job is to get you on the ramp and point you in the right direction, not to tell you all the details once you get onto the highway of success. With God, you can do great things.
–Daniel Whyte III
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The Institute aims to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Sr., commonly referred to as “Daddy King”, whom God used to raise the great leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Our purpose is to guide young men and young women, and help them get on the path to becoming kings and queens for the glory of God.
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About the President of the MLK Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a candidate for the PhD of Philosophy in Theology.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children.