People have lots of reasons why they won’t complete a project or even begin a project. The Scripture addresses those who have all the excuses in the world not to work and simply wait for a handout. The name they are called is not very flattering and certainly not one we would want hung around our neck announcing this claim to fame. God calls them sluggards.
It sounds a lot like the word slug and it’s because, well, it means you live like a slug. I think the loathing that accompanies it is deserved.
God has called us to work.
“A sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.” Proverbs 26:13-16
So, where are we on the sluggard meter?
Scared of a lion in the street?
Do we spend most of our time sleeping life away?
Do we neglect feeding ourselves and expect others to do everything for us?
Are we lazy?
Do we think we have it all together because we have others bringing everything to us?
Be careful. We really don’t want to be sluggards. They don’t have a very long lifespan and they don’t contribute while they are alive. We don’t want that said about us. We especially don’t want that ear tag put on us by the Lord.
Lord, please give me eyes to see the work You have for me in Your Kingdom. Help me to be diligent to follow through on the task before me.