Wanting But Not Working
25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
for their hands refuse to work.
26 Some people are always greedy for more,
but the godly love to give!
27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
The righteous person gives generously. He wants to bless others. The sluggard wants to keep everything for himself. He has nothing , because he will not work to have it.
One of my favorite things to do with the children in our ministry is to take our 6th graders into our community to serve after school on Wednesday afternoons. My “rookie year” as Children’s Director, I learned a valuable lesson. It was May. The kids had been serving all school year. For our last Wednesday together, I wanted to surprise them by taking them out for pizza instead of having a service project planned for them. I just knew the room would be full of applause when I announced we were treating them to a pizza outing complete with an arcade and tokens! Instead, there was silence. “But what are we going to DO this afternoon, Mrs. Kelli? We want to DO something!” Those preteens had learned that Jesus followers care more about giving than getting, serving than being served, loving than being loved. They learned how wonderful it is to love their neighbor, to work diligently, and to give!
If a sluggard claims to be a Christian, his laziness makes Christ look bad. A diligent, generous, hard-working person brings glory to Christ. If you have children, require them to help in the yard or in the house. Help them overcome laziness. Make adjustments in your life to fight laziness. Be diligent in prayer, in reading your Bible, in attending Bible Fellowship and Worship.
What do you think when you see a poor person in need? Are you teaching your children or those you influence to be generous? Is laziness a problem for you? Is there something you should do today that you keep putting off?
God gives us a satisfaction that can only come from Him when we work diligently and give generously.
Questions To Ponder
What other resources are mentioned here?
How can our work be something we “give” without holding back?
Who are the poor you are aware of?
Today, take one step toward generosity by giving toward Kingdom work for the poor.
Scripture Memory | February | Proverbs 18:2
“Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.”