“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth (a prowler), and thy want as an armed man.” Proverbs 6:6-11
I remember when the pandemic started and the numbers rose that events began to get cancelled. We had a deacon’s meeting and decided church would be cancelled as well as our addictions ministry meeting that we hold every Friday night. The pastor told me to take a break, and at the time, it sounded like a great idea. I love the Friday night ministry, but a week or two off sounded good to me. Church would be broadcast on YouTube and we all thought things would get back to normal rather quickly. We had plans to be back to holding church services by Easter Sunday, but little did we know what the following months would look like.
One week turned into eight weeks, and I really started to miss the people that I was used to seeing every Friday. We set up Zoom calls, but they pale in comparison to seeing each other face to face, and it is not hard for me to get distracted. Viewing church online was not the same either, as singing was limited to our family of four, and many times, we rolled out of bed just in time to make the service on the couch. Although I was reading my Bible, I was not as active in my study of the Word as I should have been. I was given the gift of time, and while got a lot done around the house, there were certain things that took a back seat and I got complacent with them. I guess the better term to use is that I got spiritually lazy.
My mind would often wander during my prayer time about projects I wanted to get done, and I would sometimes sleep in and not allow myself enough time for Bible study. Although I got a lot of projects done, I did not use that time to grow spiritually or as wisely as I should have. I became spiritually lazy and put on spiritual “pounds” that I had to work hard to get off. There is a time for rest in our physical lives, but there is never a time to rest in our spiritual growth. We must stay spiritually active or atrophy will set in.
Where are you today friend? Are you physically lazy? Are there projects you need to do around the house, but instead you sit comfortable on the couch, immersed in watching television or on your phone? Do you put off what you need to do today for another day? How about your spiritual life? Do you work as hard as Solomon described those ants at diligently studying the Word of God? II Timothy 2:15 states, “Study (Be diligent) to shew (present) thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Are you a workman that will not be ashamed, or will your head hang low on judgement day? Are you a burden to others because you refuse to work? Do you find yourself asking people for help because you are unwilling to work? God has put in all of us the mindset to work, and we cannot honor Him if we are lazy. May we avoid spiritual poverty by applying ourselves to the Word of God, and stay busy until He calls us home.
Stay in the fight!