February 28 | Proverbs 6:6-11
“Go to the, O sluggard, consider your ways, and become wise, which, without having any leader, official, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer, she gathers her food and harvest. How long, O sluggard, will you lie there? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a thief, and want like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:6–11)
In America, some people work very hard, and others not enough. Some people want to take from the hard workers and give to the lazy ones. But the Bible calls us to work for the Lord.
Solomon has great wisdom for people who are lazy. If you are one of these, then God wants you to hear this today. Some creatures put us to shame. Ants are small, but they can do a lot of work. The ant is a self-starter. If there’s work to be done, it gets it done. The Bible says laziness leads to poverty. Handouts are unacceptable. If you can work, you should.
In case you think this word’s too tough for you, the New Testament doesn’t get any easier. Paul says people who don’t work don’t eat. He also tells slaves, ancient employees, to do their work well whether or not the boss is looking.
Your work honors the Lord. In everything we glorify him as we work. God wants you to fulfill your purpose and your mission he gave you. The more you work for him the more he entrusts to you.
Action Step: God wants you to be a good representative of him in your workplace. How can you make sure your work ethic pleases God? Is there something you are not doing that you should be doing?
Lord Jesus, I want to please you with my work ethic. Let me know if I am not working hard enough, or too hard. Show me the mission you have for me. Give me the drive to fulfill my purpose for your kingdom and glory.