Is your hand still in your dish?

Laying in bed, I didn’t want to get up. The sun shone in through my widow, beckoning me to enjoy its warmth outside. And the thought of being outside seemed wonderful, but I didn’t want to get up, get dressed, or do anything before I absolutely had to.

Fast forward an hour or two, I was frantically rushing out of bed, into my work clothes and out the door without barely a thought towards my lack of breakfast. I had wasted my morning because I did not desire to put forth any effort or work into it.

Have you ever behaved this way?

If so, you and I are not alone.

In Proverbs 26:15 we find an example of laziness which sums up the essence of such behavior. “The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.”

Think about being so lazy, that you don’t want to give the effort to feed yourself. You might think, “I could never be so lazy!”

But could you?

This is a metaphor for how laziness keeps us from doing the very things which would bring us pleasure, fulfillment, and more out of life.

Do you avoid organizing your living quarters because it would take so much effort?

Do you slack on preparing meals for yourself until the last minute?

Do you skip tasks you know need to get done because you don’t feel like it?

Do you dress yourself out of your hamper instead of your closet or bureau?

Perhaps many of these examples do not apply to you, but do you have unfinished tasks that you are avoiding? Things you know you could do to improve your life, but are slack to do because of the effort.

Imagine if every task you thought of doing had been done. Your work space was organized, your yard was clean, your morning routine was always completed. Think of that book you might have finished, the time you would have to put effort into fulfilling recreation, instead of simply scrolling on your phone, that side business you could have made, those hobbies you could have pursued, that world class vacation you could have take from the proceeds of your book and side business.

Chances are, not all of these are relevant to you. But take a moment and think of where your laziness has brought you. The stress of being late to work. Spending extra money to make up for your lack of time. Those treasured memories of doing absolutely nothing and procrastinating.

Laziness is not your friend.

I challenge you, discipline yourself to improve your life in every area that you can. Banish laziness from your life. Don’t refuse to put forth the effort to nourish yourself spiritually, mentally, or physically. Laziness is knowing exactly what you should be doing, but refusing to be profitable by doing it, for the reason of nothing but your own desire for self gratification.

It’s time we put such a wicked behavior to rest. It’s time we live for God and life for His purpose. We cannot be lazy for God’s glory.  So let us lay it aside.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

 

 

What was His joy?

Have you ever felt depressed? Life can be rough sometimes. It is true that we experience natural human emotions and one of them is sadness. Jesus was sad and even experienced grief at times. He wept for His friend Lazarus, He was grieved at the condition of the lost, and He was in agony on the cross. But despite all of Jesus’ earthly trials, He kept his eyes on a certain joy that propelled Him to live His life to die for us.

In my last post I quoted part of Hebrews 12:2. The first part was a very encouraging statement of how Jesus continues to work in us. I was reading the second part of the verse and the Lord showed me something awesome. It reads, "who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." In this passage we see that Jesus lived His entire life focused on one thing. Every day, Jesus, who was God, was motivated by "the joy that was set before Him." What was that joy? It was the joy of spending eternity with us. Us! He wanted to spend His eternal life fellowshipping with us, and that is what kept Him going.

The bible says that He despised the shame. The word despised means to count as nothing. Think about all the shame He experienced. Everything He went through, he thought of as nothing, for us. Here is the point. If almighty God lived His earthly life motivated by the thought of an eternity with us, how much more should we be motivated by that thought. Jesus lived and died for us when we were worthless, and when we hated Him. How much then should we live for Him who loves us and who’s worth cannot be measured. Praise God He loves us. I would like to encourage you, whatever light affliction we have on this earth is nothing when compared with the riches of knowing Jesus. Let us remind ourselves of the joy that motivated Jesus to die for us. Let us allow God to make that same joy our motivation for living for Him.

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;" 2 Corinthians 4:17

God motivation?

Have you ever needed to do something, yet you had no motivation? You may have eventually decided to crucify your flesh and complete the task, but you may have decided to give in to your flesh. Oftentimes we can succumb to our flesh and become victims of laziness, procrastination, or other bad habits. I for one, am very guilty of this. I will need to complete a task such as organizing my room or studying for an exam or perhaps a simple daily thing I must do, and I procrastinate. I would put it off, and wait until the last possible moment to do whatever I needed to do. This habit had brought me to the point where I need deadlines for everything.

The Lord showed me however, that this was not a correct lifestyle. We should not struggle with motivation to do our required tasks. Christ is our motivation. He died on the cross for us and rose again that we might have life. We should be motivated by His sacrifice and live every day in light of our debt to Him. As Romans 13:14 challenges us, we should put, "on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." Our procrastination is sin. When we procrastinate, we fail to be a willing and cheerful servant.

If you struggle with procrastination or any other provision of the flesh, I would like to challenge you. Remind yourself daily of Christ’s sacrifice. Ask Him to change your heart and make His sacrifice your motivation.

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. – Ephesians 6:6