“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thess 3:10).
Would you be shocked if I told you many of the challenges in your life point to one thing? More often than not, the reason why you’re having problems in your academics, is the same reason why there seems to be a lag in your walk with God and is most likely the same reason why you face problems in your relationship and your personal wellbeing. It is not many things, but one thing- laziness.
If you make up your mind to be diligent, it will affect every area of your life for the better. The Bible, especially the book of proverbs is laced with instructions on being diligent. Proverbs 10:4 says: “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” It isn’t rocket science; if you are lazy, there is no way you succeed in business. No matter how much you give or how smart you are, you need to put in the work.
The word slack also means deceitful. This refers to someone who pretends to work but really isn’t working. If you’re in paid employment, but you spend most of your work hours chatting away with friends on social media, you’re being deceitful. Don’t do that, be a faithful worker as you go about your day today.
Pro 12:24 says: “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” See also Proverbs 13:4: “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Pro 14:23 says something similar: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” A lot of people think that by talking about all the things they plan to do, they are actually doing something. What they do not realize is that the talk of the lips tends only to penury. There is a kind of satisfaction that comes from simply talking about your dreams and makes many lazy to even pursue those dreams.
Talking about what you want to do doesn’t make it done. You must learn to gain mastery over yourself and commit to the task at hand even when no one is there to monitor you. Take a cue from the ant, “Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Prov 6:7,8). Even with supervision, many Christian imbibe a culture of eyeservice, how much more when no one is watching.
That is not the bible way. The Apostle Paul gives us a solid example in Acts 20:34: “Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.” What a powerful testimony. That should be yours as well.