Wake up! A silent destiny killer is on the Prowl
By Alisha Jose
I am talking about laziness!
If you read the Bible, especially the book of Proverbs, God really picks on laziness. Many times, it actually comes as a dire warning for us to change our ways or else face the consequences. Laziness is like a serpent – you really won’t know it until God reveals it through His Word or some people whom God sent in your life love you enough to tell you “Hey you are lazy!”
Even when Jesus selected His disciples, those were not idle or lazy men, but He chose the most hardworking fisherman who toiled all night even when they caught no fish (Luke 16:10-13).
A lazy christian cannot steward God’s blessings
Here are five hallmarks of a lazy Christian. A lazy Christian:
1. Only craves but does nothing
A lazy person only craves. He has great desires and ambitions. He even has mighty prophesies spoken over his life, but he doesn’t put his hands to work. The soul of the sluggard only crave but do nothing (Proverbs 13:4). The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hand refuses to labour (Proverbs 21:25).
2. Often leaves things unfinished
The lazy will put their hands into a work but will seldom finish it. The slacker buries his hand in the dish, he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth (Proverbs 26:15). Lazy Christians love to procrastinate and hate owning up responsibility.
3. Cannot steward God’s blessings
I have not come cross the Bible mention about a lazy man who prospered! In fact, a lazy believer can neither multiply nor keep his blessing because of his laziness.
4. Prone to lack
Lazy hands bring poverty (Proverbs 10:4-5). Lazy people may be the ‘nicest people’ around but they cannot reach their full potential because they limit themselves. Bible says diligent hands will rule; but laziness ends in slave labour (Proverbs 12:24).
5. Opts for short cuts
The Bible says in James 2:14-26, “Faith without works is dead.” A lazy Christian has only talk but no work. And he often ends up taking short cuts by drifting from the principles of the Word of God, which further leads him to lack. Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity but hasty short cuts lead to poverty (Proverbs 21:5).
The key to breaking through laziness!
So how to get rid of laziness? Well, this is something that God cannot do for you but you have to do!
Start somewhere. How about your own house? Your local church?
Start by being available.
Start by serving.
Start by being faithful in the small.
God uses the faithful!
All of us may have great calling and prophecies over our lives, and here is where God wants us to get up from our slumber and start walking towards our calling by being active and faithful in what He has assigned to us in this season.
If we are not faithful in the natural, we cannot be faithful in the things what God wants us to give.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So, if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (Luke 16:10-13)
God may have given you a vision for a ministry, but how have you been serving the man of God that God has currently placed in your life? How about partnering with Him in serving his vision?
Remember your local church is your training ground to teach and discipline you so you become more like Christ. This is where you will find plenty of opportunities to serve and as you do that you will find yourself overcoming laziness.
God simply needs your availability and as you start putting your hands to work, He promises to bless (Deuteronomy 28:12). In fact, when God made Adam, he was not just to enjoy the splendours of Eden but Genesis 2:15 says The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden to work it and take care of it. Again, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV says, For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Before I sign off, a few questions to ponder on:
– What little are you doing unto the Lord?
– What are the small things you keep doing faithfully? How are you serving?
– Do you do it for men or God?
– Do you work when no one is looking around? When no one appreciates or acknowledges you, would you
Don’t let another year go by! Get rid of a lazy and casual attitude towards life, rather make the most of every opportunity that comes your way (Ephesians 5:15-17)!
This is a guest article written by Alisha Jose. Alisha is a prophetic evangelist and a passionate Jesus lover. She also heads the media team of Pursue Him International.
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