While laziness seems to be an accepted cultural disposition, it significantly lessens an individual’s overall opportunities. God’s Word highlights both the blessings and the benefits of hard work.
- When you blame laziness on your personality, you covertly attempt to blame God for your lack of effort.
- Laziness is not a disease or a dysfunction but a decision.
- Laziness leads to a financial mess and a tarnished legacy.
- Your personal diligence is related to the glory of God and the good of others.
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
- It is a tragedy when an ant shows greater wisdom than a child of God (6:5).
- The believer shouldn’t require a micromanaging boss to lead a productive life (6:7).
- Diligent work provides for your needs today and prepares for your needs tomorrow (6:8).
- We abuse God’s gift of sleep when we require an excess to escape reality or responsibility (6:9-10).
- No matter how many handouts a person receives, laziness will eventually catch up at the worst possible time (6:11).
- Stop complaining about your situation, and start working harder to get out of it.
- Stop allowing yourself to burden others, and start striving to be a blessing to those in legitimate need.
- Stop expecting others to give a handout, and start positioning yourself to offer a hand-up.
- Stop wasting the time God has given you, and start redeeming the days you have left.
- Stop ignoring your financial reality, and start gradually addressing your current and future needs.
We were redeemed without any good works so that we could be a people zealous for good works (cf. Titus 2:14).
Extra Study – Read these helpful verses regarding laziness: Proverbs 10:4-5; 12:11, 24; 13:4, 11; 14:23; 19:15; 20:4,13; 21:5; 24:33-34; 26:15; 28:19; Eph. 5:15-17; Col. 3:17, 23; Ecc. 9:10; 1 Tim. 5:8; Gen. 2:15; Luke 16:10; 2 Thess. 3:6-10