Do you watch those “Fix Your Failing Business” sort of shows? Restaurants, hotels, whatever — they’re all the same. People with failing businesses invite in an expert, listen to their informed and professional opinions, and then launch into a litany of reasons why things are just fine as is and why the expert is an idiot.
What did you want? “Yours is the most brilliant business model and execution I have ever seen! I’m quite sure things will turn around for you next week without you having to change anything at all!” Come on.
No one wants to improve. They only want better results. The problem is, you get the results you earn. If we all got the results we requested, every restaurant would nothing but rave reviews. Every hotel would be five stars. Every preacher would have a lifetime contract.
Do you want to be a better Christian? Then go create your own results! Study more. Study better. Pray more. Pray better. Worship more. Worship better. Do not be satisfied with progress; strive for even more (Philippians 3:13-14). I guarantee, you will get better results from trying to improve than by hoping to improve.
And remember, Paul wrote in Philippians 2:12, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling..” If he had meant “loaf” instead of “work,” I’m sure he would have said so.