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Lazy Bones

Laziness is a condition that affects every aspect of your life, including at school, at home, in the workplace, in your family, and in all other relationships. Sadly, laziness carries over to your spiritual life as well, but it has no place in the character of a follower of Christ. God despises laziness. The Bible refers to lazy people as “sluggards” because they don’t do their fair share of the work. Proverbs 24:30 says, “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense.” Wow! The Bible even calls lazy people senseless! Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” God wants all His children to work. You need to work to survive. Even Adam and Eve had chores to do in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Being lazy at work is bad enough but laziness when it comes to spiritual things is far worse. If you occasionally read the Bible, skip devotions altogether, or go to church when “you feel like it,” you’re in trouble, because the longer you stay in this lazy condition, the harder it is to change. Proverbs 6:9 tells us, “But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?” God is saying to you, “Wake up! Stop being lazy - how long are you going to sleep your life away?” You may have your names on the church books, but the truth is, you are spiritually dead - you just don’t know it. Overcome laziness by praying for God to change you. Ask God to give you energy, strength, and endurance. Be intentional about spending time every day with God with a strong determination to stay true to your commitment. You can stop being a senseless sluggard, or “lazy bones,” by claiming Matthew 19:26, “With God all things are possible.”


Proverbs 6:6-11,

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,

8 she 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?

10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:6-11, ESV)

Proverbs 20:4,

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. (Proverbs 20:4, ESV)

Colossians 3:23-25,

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:23-25, ESV)

Ecclesiastes 10:18

Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks. (Ecclesiastes 10:18, ESV)

© Brenda Walsh Ministries

Gillian Mobley


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