Do Hard Things Is Not New
Brett and I have always said that “do hard things” isn’t new. We’re not out to invent truth, we just want to help our generation rediscover what has always been true. Because of that, we’re always thrilled to stumble across quotes from great men and women of the past, who say, in their own words: Do Hard Things.
ALL NOBLE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT — JULY 7
“Enter ye in at the straight gate…
because straight is the gate,
and narrow is the way…”
~ Matthew 7:13-14
If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest?
God saves men by His sovereign grace through the Atonement of Jesus. He works in us to will and to do His good pleasure; but we have to work out that salvation in practical living. If once we start on the basis of His Redemption to do what He commands, we find that we can do it. If we fail, it is because we have not practiced. The crisis will reveal whether we have been practicing or not. If we obey the spirit of God and practice in our physical life what God has put in us by His Spirit, then when the crisis comes, we shall find that our own nature as well as the grace of God will stand by us.
Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing. It tests us for all we are worth. Jesus is bringing many “sons” unto glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milksops. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the noble life of a disciple of Jesus in actual things. It is always necessary to make an effort to be noble.
Updated language editions render “our utmost for His highest” as “our best for His glory” — and replace the word “milksops” in the final paragraph with “pampered, spoiled weaklings.” Both editions proclaim: “Thank God that He does give us difficult things to do!” Thank God that He calls us to “do hard things” for His glory!
Give us your reaction to Chamber’s words in the comments section — and share your favorite non-Rebelution “do hard things” quote. We’d love to hear it.