The Roman’s had a saying, “Fortuna Audaces Iuvat”, which, in English, is “Fortune Favours the Bold”, a popular motto that emphasizes the importance of self-initiative and agency.
Some Christians have criticized the expression as being contrary to the Bible’s message of God’s grace. I find this odd, because it’s clearly part of the message of Jesus:
Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door shall be opened to you.
You must ask, seek, knock, and take initiative to make things happen. He goes on to explain:
Who among you, if his son asked for bread, would give him a stone? If he asked for a fish, who would give him a serpent? If you then, being imperfect, know to give good gifts to your children, how much more will heaven give good things to those that ask for them?
In the Kingdom of Heaven, you will have but to ask. How does this apply to the material world? As Jesus says in the Gospel of Thomas (saying 113) when his disciples ask when the kingdom will come:
It will not come by watching for it. No one will say, “Look, here!” Rather, the kingdom is already spread out upon the earth, but people don’t see it.