Bible Reflection: What Does the Bible Say About Laziness?

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What Does the Bible Say About Laziness?

5 Bible Verses About Being Diligent, Not Lazy

by J.M. Troppello

I grew up in a household where my parents drilled it into us kids to work hard and not be lazy. Sure, I’ve had my moments when I have some me time and relax. That’s necessary to recharge – that, as well as my daily devotional and prayer time with God. However, I like to keep busy and productive. I’ve never really had a problem with laziness. I was reading about this topic in my devotional today and wanted to share some verses from the Bible about laziness.

1. Not Lagging in Diligence

11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11, NKJV)

This verse from Romans is part of the passage in chapter 12:9-21 titled Behave Like a Christian. It’s part of your responsibility as a Christian to not lag in diligence. Don’t be lazy in all that you do. Be fervent in your spirit, serving the Lord.

2. You Work, You Reap

19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! (Proverbs 28:19, NKJV)

This verse calls the believer to work hard and that will bring a reward for their labor. Having fun is good. However, if you only seek frivolity in your life, you won’t be working hard to have enough provision for your needs in life.

3. The Gift of God

18 Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his [a]heritage. 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his [b]heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. (Ecc. 5:18-19, NKJV)

Solomon writes that God has given us the power to get wealth and to eat the fruit of our labors. It’s important to honor God with the gifts that He gives you each day. Cultivate a thankful heart for all that God is doing in your life.

4. Diligence Brings Success

4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. (Proverbs 10:4-5, NKJV)

If you want to improve your situation in life, it will pay off to work hard. I know that may sound like a trite statement – especially with how difficult times are lately – however, stagnating won’t get you anywhere. Take heart. Trust God. Ask Him to open up new opportunities in your life each day. Work diligently in the opportunities that He sends your way.

5. You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. (2 Thess. 3:10-11, NKJV)

Paul shared with the believers that if they didn’t work, they wouldn’t eat. The note in my study Bible notated that this teaching applied to those who were unwilling to work, not to those who were unable to work. There is a big difference with that.

What are your thoughts on laziness versus diligence?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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