"Don't Be Lazy!"
BIBLE READING: Proverbs 4-6
If you’re an Andy Griffith Show fan, you may remember Asa Breeney. Asa was the security guard at the local bank. If you remember Asa, you remember what his demeanor was like. Every time Andy or Barney would go inside at the bank, Asa was in the corner, asleep on his chair, just snoring away. This wasn’t an occasional thing. He was snoring in the corner on his chair all the time! In one of the episodes, the bank is being robbed, and Asa needs to take out his revolver to confront the bank robbers. The only problem is that as soon as he draws his gun, it falls into pieces on the floor of the bank because it was old and rusty and had not been taken care of for a long time. Asa had become very lazy about his responsibilities and taking care of his gun to make sure he could do his job right.
We all like to be lazy from time to time. We all have that chair or spot on the couch at home where we like to sit, lie down, or snore at the end of a long day, or on a weekend afternoon. You may even be sitting there right this very moment. If we weren’t meant to take breaks, then God wouldn’t have set the precedent by resting on the seventh day of the Creation week. It’s when it becomes too much of a way of life and begins to dominate how we do things that laziness becomes a problem. Proverbs 24:30-31 discusses the field of the lazy man and how it becomes overgrown with thorns. Asa’s gun became that way because he neglected it. Our life can become that way out of neglect. Are we being too lazy and neglecting certain things in our life? James 4:17 says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Is there something that you know you should be doing but you’re not doing it? Think about that statement in James. It should really hit home.
In Proverbs 6, we’re instructed to look to the ant for an example (vs 6-11). All ants in a colony know that they all must work and do their part or none of them will survive. God created us this way, too, as humans, and as Christians. Reflect upon what needs to be done in your life, and go do it. Reflect upon what needs to be done in the Lord’s church, and go do it. It takes all of us, and not a single one of us being lazy.