Within the Bible we find many warnings about being idle…instructing us against laziness. Even Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, was so concerned about idleness, he gave them a rule to live by, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (II Thessalonians 3:10) And so we work. But Satan looked at this and said to himself, “How can I use this for my benefit? I know, I’ll swing the pendulum so far from idleness, that busyness will become the virtue. I’ll load people down with guilt if they’re not doing something every minute of the day. And as they allow themselves to become more and more busy, they’ll start to neglect their family…their health…and their God. And so, at the end of the day they’ll find themselves exhausted, apologetic, and just a little farther away from their Lord…which is just where I want them to be.”
You don’t hear the word “sluggard” used very much today. It’s definition is an habitually lazy person. The sluggard in this verse, refuses to work, but wants everything he desires to be just handed to him. I see many Christians that are sluggards in the Lord. They long for a closer walk with God…but they want someone else to do all the heavy lifting for them. They want someone else to hand feed them choice bits from God, because they’re too lazy to open the Bible up for themselves. Or they’d rather listen to a pod-cast on their phones than get their back-sides up off the couch and actually go to Church. Laziness in the Lord will get you nothing. But diligence in the Lord will strengthen you from the inside out. For when you are motivated to know God better…He will meet you more than halfway.
Having been in Nursing Administration most of my life, I’ve interviewed and hired a lot of staff. And the one thing I always looked for was a good work ethic. A first-rate candidate needed to be hardworking, thorough, and patient…while someone who seemed inconstant, lax, and careless would be looked over for the position. Proverbs 12:24 tells us that, “Diligent hands will rule but laziness ends in slave labor.” Developing a good work ethic will get you far, not only in your career, but your life.