PASTOR'S PEN: When did you stop being lazy?

The Bible says, “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat” (Prov. 13:4). The context here is dealing with a man’s living. His behaviour will produce satisfaction with human needs being met by work. The alternative is to go without if you are lazy. The question today is what about your spiritual life? Are you lazy? Is that spiritual hole and yearning in your heart distracting you from satisfaction? Well, are you lazy? Do spiritual needs get met by accident? Short answer is no.

Paul said you must work out your own salvation. Not that you can gain eternal life by good works, but rather once you have put your faith in Christ, you must show your faith by works. Satisfaction comes as you work in your life for Christ. There are several areas that need attention in this life.

Prayer is a big need today. “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous”(Prov. 15:29). Paul says, pray without ceasing. How much time do you spend in prayer? Do you pray for others, your country, your boss, your pastor, your church, your enemies and your friends? How much time should be involved? How much time did Jesus pray? Sometimes it was an all night prayer meeting. Jesus wasn’t lazy. Paul prayed too. Paul wasn’t lazy

Is your prayer life up to God’s standards? Well, then get to work. How about your Bible study? “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”(Psalm 119:130). Is your life filled with light or not? Are you lazy? Do you have a reasonable understanding of the Word of God? Why not? What’s the hold up? Is it laziness?

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). How’s your faith? Do you have enough? Why not? You know where it comes from. Read it, memorize it, study it and your faith will grow. Does your worship life set an example for your children and family? How do you worship almighty God privately? Maybe worship in prayer and the word of God would be a good start.

How about public worship? Some mistakenly say public worship is not important. It is important to our heavenly Father. The Bible says, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For He is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (Psa.95:6,7).

There is cause to worship our Lord and Saviour. The Bible says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”(Heb. 10:25). What are you doing? Are you close enough to Him? Are you lazy? Do you say it’s good enough? Really? When will you stop being so lazy?

Pray more. Read the Bible more. Worship almighty God more. If you are a believer, when did you last witness to someone concerning their eternal soul’s destination? There are so many ways to share the good news of Christ.

Christ came from eternity past to take upon himself flesh to die and shed his blood in our behalf. We are sinners that need a Saviour. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Saviour that can save us. Jesus said, “I am the way.” It only makes sense if there were other ways, why did Jesus have to die? He did die and rose again to prove his sacrifice was the acceptable payment for our sin. You may pass out a pamphlet with that message Make a phone call. Send a letter. Knock on your neighbor’s door and share the truth with him. Jesus came from eternity to minister. Can you go next door? When will you quit being lazy? Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). If you are lost you need to stop thinking that your good works, church membership, rituals and ceremony will get you to heaven. Admit you are a sinner and put your faith in Christ and Christ alone. If you are a believer, but have been lazy, repent and get to work for God’s glory. Changing your thinking is repentance. Change your actions too. Do all to the glory of God. Don’t delay. Get to work, now.