Rising above mediocrity never just happens, it is always a result of faith combined with works.

Faith without works is like gold within the earth. It is of no value until it is worked and mined out. A person who has faith without actions is like a bird with wings but no feet. In James 2:17 the Bible says, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

Biblical principles times nothing equals nothing.

We believers need to be people who put our faith into action. One individual with faith and action constitutes a majority. Don't wait for your ship to come in - swim out to it.

Thomas Edison said it best when he noted, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." True faith has hands and feet; it takes action. It's not enough to "know that you know." It's more important to show that you know.

The word work appears in the Bible 564 times. So work is not a vague scriptural concept. When faith and works operate together, the result is a masterpiece. We should choose to keep our faith working all the time and not quit.

George Bernard Shaw said, "When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work."

The founder of Holiday Inns, Kemin Wilson, when asked how he became successful, replied, "I really don't know why I'm here. I never got a degree, and I've only worked half days my entire life. I guess my advice is to do the same, work half days every day. And it doesn't matter which half. The first twelve hours or the second twelve hours."

Tap into the power that is produced when faith is mixed with action, and then watch God move in your situation.

Source: An Enemy Called Average
by John Mason.
Excerpt permission granted by Insight Publishing