6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
There is such a thing as laziness and in our day of seeing indolence as the natural result of forces upon a person over which he has no control, we should see it as it is – laziness – moral failure, sin.
There are many people who are poor and oppressed and overwrought by horrendous circumstances who do not stay in bed late or complain that their luck has been all bad or look for reasons to do nothing. People do need help.
But some people, and not just the unemployed and poor, are lazy, and the help they need is to be taught the value of honest work and the ability not to allow the difficulties to defeat them.
Believers in Jesus Christ must never be lazy. We have the assurance that we are called by God to do something that matters for eternity. We know that what we do to draw attention to Him, no matter how insignificant in the eyes of the world, matters. We know there is a reward awaiting those who were faithful in their service to their King, who used the gifts God gave them for the purposes He gave them. We know that God can make great things come out of little things done for Him. And we know that “little is much when God is in it”.
Today, do what is set before you to do with great joy and energy. God, who knows everything, has given it to you to do for His glory. Be the very best employee a business can have because you represent Jesus to the world. What God has given you to do today matters. Do it with all your might.
Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ Name.
Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem too small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.
When the conflict here is ended
And our race on earth is run,
He will say, if we are faithful,
“Welcome home, My child – well done!”