January 18, 2005
What God Thinks of Laziness
Laziness is an act of rebellion toward God. He created us with a sense of purpose so that we would be productive. When we choose to be slothful, we are guilty of wastefulness because we have each received a special gift that is being squandered. (1Peter 4:10)
Lazy people live in a bubble of self-absorption. The only thing that matters to them is that they get what they want. This is in direct conflict with Scripture, which says we are to regard one another as more important than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3) For instance, when we are deliberately slow on the job, we are not regarding our boss as important.
We are called to walk in discipline and service to God, and He is greatly displeased when we approach our work with a negligent attitude. (Jeremiah 48:10) Whatever we do in life, God will reward us for doing it well. I sacked groceries and washed cars to make money for school. No matter what the task was, I always worked in the best way I knew how. That was something I learned from my mother, who worked 40 years in a textile mill and never complained.
People make excuses for their laziness - they blame their home environment, poor self-esteem, or negative attitude. But God does not accept excuses. He gives clear instruction for overcoming laziness: "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!" (Proverbs 6:6 NIV) The ant works, prepares, and provides. In other words, we are to work with diligence. Our personal responsibility to Jesus Christ is always to give our best effort.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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