Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
I have never considered myself to be lazy, but I do have a tendency to procrastinate. In fact, I turned this blog in several weeks late! It is easy for me to make excuses for putting something off whether it is for a “good” reason or not. For instance, I will help someone do their work or project even if it means that something I need to accomplish gets put off. After all, I am doing “good” by helping others, right? Another excuse is that I work better under pressure or against the clock. One result of putting things off to the last minute is you have to settle for what you have instead of having the time to make it better, or worse yet, correct. More often than not, after I finish the task, I am relieved that it is done but admit to myself that I should have done it earlier. The worry that I caused myself and others is not an acceptable result of my laziness.
Ants can teach us many things. How to be self-motivated: No one carries a whip behind the ant to ensure the work gets done. Why? Their work is for their own good! Look ahead: In the summer and in the harvest, food is plentiful. Yet the ant refuses to take it easy—instead they work harder, storing up food for the coming time of hardship. The value of hard work: Laziness will lead to poverty, with few exceptions. Ants are not lazy, but laziness is a lifestyle for some people, and a temptation for all of us.
The Bible is clear that, because the Lord ordained work for man, laziness is sin. Knowing who you are serving should make all the difference. The ant works for the queen, but Colossians 3:23-24 says this, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” How better to serve Jesus than to obey his commands.
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the father and son and the Holy Spirit.” If you have accepted Jesus as Lord of your life then it is your responsibility to spread the gospel. This is not a suggestion or an idea, this is His command.There are many excuses people use or reasons why they don’t spread the gospel like “I don’t know how”, “I’m not smart enough”, or “I’ll do it next time”, but these are all forms of laziness. We must overcome our excuses and when the opportunity comes, be prepared to share what Jesus has done for us.
If you are a Christian, talk to a family member or friend who is not saved and explain to them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Start by explaining to them the need for salvation then go on to how to be saved. Discussions with people who think they are saved can also bring about surprising results. In the last year, I know of several people who thought they were saved but in fact were not. Their reasoning ranged from them saying a repeat after me prayer, they grew up in church and were taught about Jesus, or they were a “good” person. I cannot express the joy and happiness I have of knowing people who thought they were saved but are now truly saved. If you are reading this and have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or if you have doubts if you are really saved, talk to me, any of our staff or someone who has accepted Jesus Christ. I would consider it an honor to talk to you about Jesus so you can understand the two options for you after life on earth. Heaven or Hell. There are no other choices. The Rolling Stones recorded a song that says that time is on your side but that is a lie. Do not be lazy or procrastinate… now is the time!
Write out your personal testimony of how you were saved in as much detail as you can. Comparing your experience to the Romans Road is a great self-check. Share it with family and make sure it is available for future generations to have so they may have the complete assurance and comfort of the fact that you are saved!