The greyhound is the second fastest land mammal on earth, reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour in three strides, or less than 2 seconds! What is it that makes the greyhound run so well? One key to the speed of a greyhound can be found in the way it runs. The greyhound uses the double suspension gallop where all four feet are off the ground and the greyhound is literally flying through the air. During this time of suspended animation the greyhound is at perfect rest. It then brings its rear legs forward, coils them up underneath its belly, and pushes off with all its might.
One of the hardest lessons for believers to learn is to work hard for the Lord. The Bible says, “We are laborers together with God” (I Corinthians 3:9), and, “Your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:58). Jesus said, “Labor not for the meat that perishes” (John 6:27), and, “I know thy labor” (Revelation 2:2). We are not saved by our works, but we are saved unto good works (Ephesians 2:10)!
Another hard lesson for believers to learn is how to rest in the Lord and to be renewed in the inner man. The Bible says, “Rest in the LORD” (Psalm 37:7), and Jesus told His disciples to “Come and rest awhile” (Mark 6:31). Rest is necessary when we work hard!
The problem is this: many Christians hardly ever exert themselves at all. They seldom sacrifice anything for the Lord. They really don’t get up enough steam to amount to anything. On the other hand, many a Christian worker has burned out, faltered, and left their ministry because of not learning how to rest in the Lord – to rest in body and in spirit. Then there are those who rest too long. They go on vacation and never make it back to working for the Lord.
What’s the point? Here’s the divine design for optimum performance: 1. Work; 2. Rest; 3. Repeat!
Remember what Jesus said: “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night is coming, when no man can work” (John 9:4).