Choose To Change.
One of the key things I have to do in order to make this change stick is realize that whatever decision is made I am the one that will make it. If I do not make the choice to change I will not change. No one will make this decision for me. No one will make this decision for you. You are the only one that can make this decision.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8 (NKJV)
I think the main idea of this part of the passage is that we are to be self motivated. We shouldn’t need someone standing over us making us do what needs to be done. We should see the need and get it done. The very next verses remind us of the consequences of laziness.
“How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep– So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:9-11 (NKJV)
It seems to me that Solomon is pairing these two illustrations together to tell his son, “Here are the choices you have. Choose one.” His son would have a choice. He could either be a hard working self-motivated person, or he could be lazy and let poverty overtake him. Solomon confirms this choice in another place.
“The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.” Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV)
That is the same choice we have. We will have to determine whether we want to be lazy or diligent. Whatever decision is made you will be the one to make it. Whatever decision is made I will be the one to make it. I believe it is so very important for us to take responsibility for our decisions. I can’t shirk my responsibilities about this decision. I must accept the cold hard truth that if I am lazy it is because I choose to be and the way to overcome it is to choose to change.
Do Everything As Unto The Lord.
I wonder if we could physically see Jesus walking with us would we continue to be lazy. The Bible makes it clear that God is always with us. Since this is the case we should live every moment of our lives as if He is physically with us. We are told to do everything we do as a representative of Jesus Christ and to work as if we are working for the Lord.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
“not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;” Romans 12:11 (NKJV)
If we did this, I don’t think we would ever be lazy.
Enlist God’s Help.
God never asks us to do something without enabling us to do it.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
God gives us the desire to do what is right and then He gives us the strength necessary to follow through with that desire. What we have to learn to do is enlist God’s help in overcoming our lazy tendencies. We must tap into His strength so that we can break this habit.
I don’t know that the Bible necessarily says that laziness is a sin. But from what we read in Proverbs it is obvious that being lazy is not compatible with being wise. If we want to live a life that is guided by God’s wisdom we will have to follow wisdom’s urging to be diligent and leave laziness behind.