Working, Resting, & Laziness

Posted: February 5, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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My dad would say, “Boy! There are two things in life one must always do—work and pay taxes.” Pastor Martin used to say, “One must always be prepared to preach, pray, or die.” That’s how I remember it anyway, maybe I added a little of my own flavor to each. Nevertheless, the point is clear, there are things we must always do; necessary actions of responsible individuals.

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Mankind has clearly grasped through the ages the necessity of work for survival. Which is evidenced by the survival of the species for the past six millennium—if you don’t work you don’t eat, if you don’t eat you don’t live—but there have always been loopholes to such axioms. Of course people don’t actually hafta do anything, like I don’t hafta use right grammar, even if it would be beneficial. Laziness finds loop holes in every circumstance to get by with doing just enough. Man is lazy at heart. Laziness is an affliction common of all mankind. Temptation rings deep in the heart of man as he liess on his bed longing to never leave. The difference between the lazy man and the diligent man is the diligent man overcomes such temptation and gets out of bed.

Even so, mankind has a conscience that leads to the fulfillment of duty. Even the lazy man who constantly tries to abdicate the fulfillment of duty knows from the depths of his heart the error of his ways. The diligent man prevails over laziness and labors as we’ve been created to do.

God’s grace is given freely and potently to the children of the faith. This grace leads us away from the temptation to laziness and into the earnest pursuit of God by patient-endurance in all we do. “And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11–12, ESV)

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