“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
(1 Peter 4:10-11)
Our nation is plagued by workaholics. People put in all kinds of hours at their jobs, and then come home with barely enough energy to spend time with their families. And the truth is, we’re more often than not as busy as we want to be. When a person has anything truly important to them, they will make time for that thing, or person .
We load ourselves down with tasks because secretly, many people find their value in the number of things that they accomplish. Their validation is found in what or how much they can accomplish or even how much they have ….
This holds true when it comes to jobs. But sadly, too many Christians have completely forgotten how to be busy in the work of Jesus Christ. They sit and watch on Sunday, maybe giving a little here and there to pay for their seat at the “show” then go home and get ready to start it all again on Monday.
Yes, when it comes to faith, many of us are watchers rather than witnesses … spectators rather than soldiers. But the Great Commission isn’t to go and sit in church! It’schurgo and make disciples! That takes work!
Every single one of us has a gift to be used for the Kingdom of God. Whether it’s the gift of hospitality, leadership, service, teaching, or whatever God has given you, use it. Save time and energy for the work of the ministry and build up the body of Christ!
Overcome spiritual laziness by directing time and energy toward using your gifts to build God’s kingdom.
Newton’s first law of motion states that an object in motion tends to remain in motion, and an object at rest tends to remain at rest. This law applies to people too. While some are naturally driven to complete projects, others are apathetic, requiring motivation to overcome inertia. Laziness, a lifestyle for some, is a temptation for all. But the Bible is clear that, because the Lord ordained work for man, laziness is sin. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6).
The Bible has a great deal to say about laziness. Proverbs is especially filled with wisdom concerning laziness and warnings to the lazy person. Proverbs tells us that a lazy person hates work: “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.” (21:25); he loves sleep: “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.” (26:14); he gives excuses: “The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.” (26:13); he wastes time and energy: “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.” (18:9); he believes he is wise, but is a fool: “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.”
Proverbs also tells us the end in store for the lazy: A lazy person becomes a servant (or debtor): “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” (12:24); his future is bleak: “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” (20:4); he may come to poverty: “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” (13:4).
There is no room for laziness in the life of a Christian. A new believer is truthfully taught that “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But a believer can become idle if he erroneously believes God expects no fruit from a transformed life, as the next verse tells us: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).
Christians are not saved by works, but they do show their faith by their works (James 2:18, 26).
Slothfulness violates God’s purpose: good works. The Lord, however, empowers Christians to overcome the flesh’s propensity to laziness by giving us a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In our new nature, we are motivated to diligence and productiveness out of a love for our Savior who redeemed us. Our old propensity toward laziness; and all other sin; has been replaced by a desire to live godly lives: “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (Ephesians 4:28).
We are convicted of our need to provide for our families through our labors: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
(1 Timothy 5:8); and for others in the family of God: “Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
As Christians, we know that our labors will be rewarded by our Lord if we persevere in diligence: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10); and again we are instructed
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24).
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10).
Christians should labor in God’s strength to evangelize and disciple. The apostle Paul is our example: “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” (Colossians 1:28-29).
Even in heaven, Christians’ service to God will continue, although no longer encumbered by the curse (Revelation 22:3). Free from sickness, sorrow, and sin; yes, even laziness, the saints will glorify the Lord forever. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 15:58).
God is with us …..