Scripture Reading: Romans 12:11-12 (New Living Translation)

11  Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

12  Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying

Thought for the day:

If you’re anything like me, you will get very annoyed when you’re trying to do something and a colleague is just sitting there refusing to help. I remember one instance at work where I was carrying a few computers, keyboards and cables and had to go in a lift to another floor in the building. My hands were full, I could barely see over the top of the kit I was carrying and needed to push the button to call the lift. As I stood there desperately trying to reach out a finger from under the computers to press the button, a colleague walked over and stood next to me. He could see I was struggling but didn’t move a muscle to help. He watched my efforts for a little while and before I managed to push the button, another lift behind us arrived and opened. He casually turned around, walked into the lift and before I had chance to get in because I’d dropped one of the cables, he pressed the button for another floor and the doors closed in front of me. Well, it is a gross understatement to say that I wasn’t happy. I don’t know his motivation in this case, but it could be that he was just too lazy to help me. It was easier to do his own thing and leave me to my own devices. Laziness destroys character. It ruins your reputation and limits your possibilities for the future. Therefore, it is no surprise that Paul is telling us in the strongest terms to ‘never be lazy’. Other translations use phrases like ‘lacking in zeal’ or ‘slothful in business’ but the root meaning is the same. The actual Greek word used is directly translated as ‘diligence’. This means the earnest desire to accomplish something or to achieve a goal or to strive after something. The principal lesson in this is that if we are unable to work hard or to work toward a goal, then how can we seek God? The book of Hebrews tells us that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. There is no place for laziness within the Body of Christ. Each one of us is called to work hard, to set goals and to strive to meet them with everything we can. This attitude spreads to other areas of our life and so we can then serve with enthusiasm, we can wholeheartedly look after the needs of others and can be zealous in our service to the Lord. 

Prayer and Application:

Please don’t misunderstand the message today. I’m not saying that Christians should continually be busy or stressed out because of our workload. Laziness is a world apart from busyness and is related to a heart condition that needs to be addressed. May we humbly devote ourselves to His service and continually seek to do His will.