“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21
Testing allows one to discover how well a product is made when placed under extreme stress. Increasing the pulling pressure between two objects reveals the amount of tension that can be withstood in a chain link. Eventually, the “choking” point occurs.
In sports, we ascertain the “choking” point for athletes by putting them into a pressure situation. At what point will the athlete lose concentration and collapse under the pressure?
It is under these stressful times that we discover how well we have been trained to withstand the pressure and make right decisions regardless of outside influences.
In my younger days I played sports. I came to observe that we fail under pressure usually because we reach a point where our ability to focus on execution yields to concern about outcome. This worry about outcome forces us to lose our concentration. The fear of failure begins to rule our emotions and actions, which ultimately results in our failure. What we fear has come upon us. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In life, we see giving in to pressure in the form of compulsive behavior, withdrawal, anger, abuse, moral failure, and dishonesty, to name just a few manifestations.
Jesus never yielded to pressure. He never made decisions based on outcome. He always made the right decision. He always performed the same no matter what the circumstance. He lived a life based on absolutes, not circumstances. He never gave in to “situational ethics.”
As God entrusts us with more and more responsibility, He brings more and more pressures into our lives to “test the product,” to make sure that He can give even more responsibility to us. This process helps us see where we are in our maturity and determines our level of future responsibility.
Are you a product that can withstand the product test? Will you perform as the Maker designed no matter what outside pressures come?
Know that you cannot perform well unless you are continually in relationship with and obedient to the one who made you.
Trust the product developer today.
He has made you to perform well under pressure.
by Os Hillman
Thanks for a message-on-time.
What an assurance that we serve a Father that sees us in our current situation and reaches out as always to assure of His presence.
Thanks, Os Hillman, thank God for allworship..
I love it when his plans are revealed and he reminds us to be strong in his strength! This was the best message I could have received today. Thanks be to the Lord, I am his servant.
Good message, I would have rather said that God entrusts you with more and satan tries to pull you out but having Known u r in God and in Christ, you endure the stress,strain and pressure am come out victoriously for the glory of God and God smiles seeing u have overcome the world as he did.
I am very particular at God bringing the good and the bad, coz one river can’t be salty and fresh at the same time,