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Laziness is unwelcome in God’s kingdom–physically, intellectually, or spiritually

Jehovah, the God of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation makes it clear that when it comes to those who inhabit his kingdom, he expects them to have some type of job or assignment to fulfill. Even after we enter his eternal rest (Hebrews 4) when the new heavens and new earth are formed, we find out in Revelation that our job will be to “reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 22:5), although I imagine at that point work will be so easy it won’t seem like a tedious job but enjoyment.

Being physically, intellectually, or spiritually lazy seems to have never been an option the Lord expects from his people. Right after he made Adam in Genesis, he gave him at least three jobs–a minister to the Lord, an agriculturalist, and a taxonomist–and all three occupations worked Adam spiritually, Farmer_in_bean_field,_Nicaraguaintellectually/mentally, and physically.

When we exercise and work all of these abilities for God’s glory, there’s no way we would resign ourselves to being a part of Satan’s kingdom. In addition to scriptures I pointed out above, the following scriptures either imply or openly reveal how Jehovah is an anti-laziness God:

And God said unto Noah…Make thee an ark… Genesis 6:13-14

God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. …And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows… Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:4, 7, 10

According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work [for the tabernacle]. Exodus 39:42Physical examination

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5 

But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth… Deuteronomy 8:18

And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge… Judges 2:18

The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. Proverbs 15:19

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. Proverbs 21:25

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. Ecclesiastes 10:18

young-man-reading-bible-by-rimabek-creative-commonsLabour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:27-29

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Romans 12:10-11

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

Harry A. Gaylord


2 thoughts on “Laziness is unwelcome in God’s kingdom–physically, intellectually, or spiritually

  1. This is just the motivation I needed as I work, not just on creating a life plan but on implementing it as well. As a christian, my top priority is to seek God. I loved the fact that it was full of Scriptures. Very timely and actionable. Stirred me into action. Please do more articles on this specific topic. It’s a message we need to hear.


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