There are times when I don’t want to do anything but exist. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. That doesn’t mean that I am lazy. I define laziness as an unwillingness to work or use energy. Unwillingness introduces desire and not ability. So the lazy person is able to do, but does not desire to do, and because the desire is not there, nothing gets done.
Proverbs 24:30 – 34 teaches us about a lazy person. While I was studying these verses it really struck me that the lazy man has a field. I learned from those scriptures that God has equipped all of us with ability, it’s just a matter of whether or not we are willing to work for the Kingdom in the way that God called us. In other words, are we too lazy. Isaiah teaches us that we have to be willing and obedient to eat the good of the land. I take that to mean that willingness and obedience give us the ability to tap into the power of God and use the “field” that He has given us to His glory.
An unwillingness to work is against the commandment of God. In Genesis 2:15 God shows us that even the Garden of Eden, where there were no weeds, needed to be cared for. Work came before Adam was given Eve and work came before the earth was cursed because of Adam’s disobedience. Man was equipped by God to work bodily (with his muscles, bones and joints) and materially (with a field – Adam’s field was the Garden of Eden).
What are you doing with the field that God gave you? Are you productive at work, in your church or in your community? Do you feel like you are doing what God would have you do? Or do you feel like you spend more time lying around in the comforts of home, unwilling to get us and get active for God? Overcome laziness! The power of God is available for you!
I am teaching on laziness this month on the Sow the Word Teaching Ministry Radio broadcast on Wednesdays at noon EST on heaven983.com. Join me for the next airing and grow in God with Sow the Word where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man.