Hustle is a word that does not sit well with me.
I want to explain why.
Hustle can mean different things, but the two most common definitions are: 1) Obtain by forceful action or persuasion, and 2) busy movement or activity. We often hear the word “hustle” used today in the context of “hustle and pray” or “eat, sleep and hustle”, but to be honest, I don’t believe we were intended to have the term “hustle” be so prominent in our daily lives.
We were never called to hustle. We have been called to pray, be sober-minded, to trust, to not be idle, to plow and sow, but most of all, to be obedient. Hustle involves striving to make something come together. I believe that if we are walking in obedience to Christ, He will never call us into a life of hustle, because He himself rested in His obedience to God. In the same way, He calls us to rest – He values rest. He asks us – really, commands – to be dependent on Him in all things as we pray and submit our requests to Him.
This whole “hustle” phenomenon surfacing in our generation disturbs me at times because it is not our job to make everything come together – it’s His. Be faithful to what God has called you to, yes. Obey Him when He says it’s time to work. But when He says rest, rest.
Don’t look to the world for permission to hustle. Instead, be humble.
Humility is when we lower ourselves and allow God to promote us in His own way and in His own timing. It means we trust Him to take care of us when no one around us sees value in us. It means that we are so secure in His plan for us – in His sweet thoughts about us – that we don’t think twice about striving to be known or seen. When we operate out of humility over hustle, we surrender our striving for His timing.
The next time you are tempted to hustle – humble yourself. Rest in the truth that you don’t have to keep everything going or set things into motion – that’s God’s job. Continue to be obedient in what He places before you and calls you to. You don’t have to hustle to arrive at your “Promised Land” – obedience and humility will take you there. Just place your trust in Him as you keep your eyes locked on His. He won’t let you down.
“Don’t work yourself into the spotlight; don’t push your way into the place of prominence. It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted.“ -Proverbs 25:7 (MSG)
“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” -Psalm 127:2 (ESV)
“…he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.” -Luke 1:52-53 (ESV)