“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19).
If you are a doer of the Word then you are willing to act. In other words, you are prepared to do the Word. The Bible says that a doer of the Word will be blessed in all he does (James 1:25). He will eat of the good of the land.
If you’ve ever flown on a major airline, you’ve most likely read one of the magazines they have placed in the seats for the passengers.
I read an article once in one of these airline magazines that said something like this: “You’ve got to be willing to be successful.” Then it said, “The man that only does what he is paid to do, is only paid for what he does.” In other words, if all you do is what you are paid to do, and you are not “willing” to do more, then all you will ever get paid for is what you do. That is exactly what Isaiah said: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.”
Many Christians want to do just enough to get by; they don’t like responsibility. I have noticed that those who carry the greatest loads are also the ones who seem to be the most blessed. Why? The reason is because they are willing. Many people want to be successful, but they are not willing to do what is necessary to obtain success.
Once Jesus’ disciples were arguing with one another about who would have a place of prominence with Him. Jesus answered them, “The chiefest is the one who is the servant to all” (Mark 10:44). When you have a willingness of mind to be servant to all, then you are going to carry the heaviest loads. The one who carries the heaviest loads is going to reap the greatest rewards. Peter proved that. He became a servant to every man, and God made him a chief apostle.
Confession: I am willing and obedient to do the Word. I’m not looking for shortcuts to success or ways to do the minimum necessary. If I see an opportunity to serve others, I will do it with a cheerful and willing heart.
Author: Jerry Savelle