Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
Proverbs 6:6 “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise!”
In Matthew 21:28-31, Jesus told this story. “…A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he regretted what he said and changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. Which of the two was obeying his father?” They replied, “The first, of course.” Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I assure you, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.”
In this story, it was easy for anyone that heard it to figure out which of the two sons was obeying his father. It was not the one that offered the most appropriate lip service, but instead the one that “did” the right thing. Our actions speak louder than words. Our actions rightly motivated by our heart and prompted in obedience to our heart, are “the bottom line.”
Life is filled with people that are lazy. Every area of their life reflects it. There is no discipline whatsoever in their lives. Their homes are a mess, their lives are a mess, their relationships are a mess, and if they do work, there is very little work ethic. They are not valued as an employee and often despised. There is another level of laziness even above that. That is the person that expects the world – the government, organizations, and whoever is around them, to take care of them. They don’t give. They only take. In saying this, I exclude all legitimate people who are handicapped and need legitimate support and help. They are NOT who I am talking about.
Being lazy is a curse. The book of Proverbs gives us insight to what the lazy person’s life will be like. Proverbs 10:4 tells us “Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.” Proverbs 10:26 tells us “Lazy people are a pain to their employer. They are like smoke in the eyes or vinegar that sets the teeth on edge.” Proverbs 12:24 says, “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” Proverbs 12:27 reveals the procrastination of the lazy saying, “Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.” Proverbs 13:4 reveal the lazy will often deal with jealousy and covetousness saying, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.” Proverbs 18:9 reveals that lazy people can ultimately become dangerous to us. “A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. “ The lazy person is the undisciplined person who makes endless excuses (and is blind to their doing so.) Proverbs 22:13 “The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!” At the end of the day, the lazy person’s life becomes a curse. Proverbs 15:19 says, “A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is easy! “
We just executed one of the largest events ever at our church. We had what was called, “A Night to Honor Israel.” It was our desire to honor the nation of Israel and the Jewish people for the incredible contributions made to our society – (I”ll print them Saturday,) and to remind Christians everywhere that God loves the Jews and has a very significant plan for them in life and in the future of God’s plan. They are the forefathers of all that we believe and the foundation of all we believe up till the time of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that we will be united with them in the plan of God one day.
It was a glorious event with hundreds of Jewish leaders and Jews from the community participating with Jewish song, speakers, and a gift of $147,000 to Jewish organizations for the purpose of helping Jewish immigrants into Israel. We sang, we danced, and celebrated with over 3,200 people.
Putting this night together was one of the most intense planning efforts I’ve ever had to execute and oversee. It, like many events we put on, were executed with many people who have accepted roles of leadership, and a multitude of faithful diligent people who work at bringing excellence to all they put their hand to. They are the opposite of every meaning of lazy. These people are nothing short of incredible. They make sacrifices of time and giving over and over again for love of God and others to be touched by the Lord.
That brings me to this point. How did they become this way? If they were anything like me, it wasn’t because they decided one day, “I’m not going to be lazy anymore.” That is the lip services we offer over different areas of weakness in our life. When you discover and learn to receive God’s love, you soon want to give it out to others. When people band together to give out love, whether it be in the church, through organizations, or even in the workplace, they become changed in character. When people make diligent and committed sacrifices of love and effort for others, it cracks the door to God’s Holy Spirit coming in and beginning a life transformation. He’ll draw you into commitment. He’ll teach you to override the whiny attitudes and selfishness of your own flesh. Like the man in Jesus parable, you might start out saying, “No,” but then God will speak to your heart and you’ll change and bring your action of doing. This is how laziness is supernaturally defeated as God works in you. This is how He forms diligence within you. The blessing of it bleeds over to all parts of your life and over time, and you are transformed from being lazy to becoming diligent for Him.
Hebrews 6:11 says, “Our great desire is that you will keep right on being diligent loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true.”
The life of the diligent is blessed. The life of the lazy is cursed. God made you the diligent.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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