It’s been said, “If you want to get a job done, give it to an active person.” The idea is that busy people are in motion and it won’t take them as much time and energy to get going. This principle is also known as Newton’s first law of motion – sometimes referred to as the law of inertia. An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Successful people understand the power of momentum and work hard to harness its power for the glory of God.
Take Personal Responsibility
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Matthew 25:14-16,29
In the Parable of the Talents we see the man who had been given 5 talents took what he was given and traded to double his profit. When his boss returned he was pleasantly surprised to see the growth of his initial investment into his steward. The wise steward got busy, didn’t let fear hold him back, accepted personal responsibility and got busy working in the marketplace.
Add Value In the Market Place
The marketplace is where sellers and buyers meet together from the community to exchange goods and services. The selling price is determined based on what someone will pay. The cost to create a product or provide a service needs to be low enough to where the seller can sell at a higher price and still make a profit. If there is more demand for a certain product or service then the seller could potentially charge more and create a greater profit margin. If the market doesn’t want or need a certain good or service then nobody will buy it. The system is based on serving people needs and desires. The market gives feedback on what people want. Buyers are willing purchasers at an affordable market price. Competition in the market helps keep prices low and quality high. The wise steward will learn to provide value to the market by buying good deals at low prices, creating goods at low costs and selling in the marketplace at higher, more profitable prices. The profit is how the steward shows himself wise.
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10
Value the Momentum
Inspiring leader and author John Maxwelll said, “Momentum is a leader’s best friend.” Creating momentum is produced by being faithful and consistent. The more you add value to the market and continue to make good decisions the better your increase will grow. Everyone has to start somewhere, but the key is to start. You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to become great. Be faithful in little, get better, grow, manage the increase, and you can become great with much.
Implement the Ideas
Nothing ventured equals nothing gained. No risk results in no reward. You’ve got to start somewhere. Many people stay stuck in the idea phase and never get to work. Yes, you need to dream, create plans, come up with ideas, but you must act! Faith without works is dead. Faith with works creates growth.
The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and the way to double you talents starts with your first good deal. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Take what you have, get busy, create value to the market, buy low, sell high, and watch your production capacity build incredible momentum and your stewardship compound in growth.