Working, Resting & Laziness

Posted: February 19, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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Laziness is resting before you get tired.” I’m not sure who spoke this little quip, although it’s plastered on numerous memes when you google the word, ‘laziness’. However, I cannot help but feel that people aimagesre getting it wrong. “You keep on using this word! I do not think it means what you think it means.” I know who spoke that, Inigo Montoya, as played by Mandy Patinkin.

Anyway, being lazy is a weary work that appears in numerous forms. Sometimes the lazy person is very busy; unwilling to make the effort to rest purposefully, work purposefully, most often being unproductive. In the words of John Piper, ‘don’t be a jellyfish!’ Meaning that we shouldn’t be inert blobs floating along with currents of culture. I would like to add—Christians mustn’t be those who float lifelessly with the desires of the flesh. Laziness is part of human corruption leading to the worship of our own self-importance rather than the one true and living God.

Sometimes the lazy person is very busy at avoiding labor. Certain people at times will work harder to get out of work than actually knuckling down and working. Seems like nonsense, but it is exceedingly common. Then even others are simply idle. They simply have no aspiration to do anything more than what is minimally necessary to exist. Rather than an industrious employment to work, coupled with the joy of sleeping well in the weariness from work, the idle person rolls back and forth in life dreading the possibility of work.

Laziness isn’t anything more than an idolatry of rest coupled with self-worship, which is weariness to the bones. Proverbs 19:24, gives a somewhat comical account of the lazy man, “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.” As funny as this is to me, this proverb express the heart of how a sluggard is weary even in his leisure. Rest should be the ceasing of activity resulting from the reasonable routine of completed work.

Genuine rest is also found in worshiping the one true God. In the Genesis account of creation we read of God resting. Why did God need to rest? Isn’t he God? God resting makes little sense when we consider that the God doesn’t need to sleep some how needed rest. This doesn’t make sense due to the common notion that when restis thought about it is mostly misunderstood. Mankind needs to rest weary bones, a weariness due to the fall. God’s intent of rest is one of worship, that his creaturely being might enter into the joy of the Lord and marvel at the goodness of God’s work in his creation. Are you resting inthe goodness of God in his creation? Are you longing to enter his rest? God Bless! PB

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