A devotional thought from Mike Cosper for “Created to Rest”
While many of us resist rest, others have exaggerated it and fallen into lives of laziness and sloth. In fact, for most of us, we’re both a bit of a workaholic and a bit of a sluggard; it just depends on which week you catch us!
The Proverbs speak to the dangers of laziness again and again: “Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest. How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit” (Prov. 6:6-11).
Laziness can take on many forms. It’s rather insidious in the way it creeps into our lives—a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, a little procrastination, a little surfing on the Web rather than studying or working, a little napping rather than stepping up to the tasks before us, and suddenly we feel like we have no momentum in our lives. It robs us of real rest because it robs us of one of rest’s great joys—enjoying completed work. Laziness finds us lying around with nothing accomplished, having made no contribution to the world. It’s hollow and unsatisfying.
But we’re not trapped in that life! Because of Jesus, we can be radically transformed by God’s grace. The gospel that saves us also motivates us into a new life—following Jesus into life as it was meant to be lived.
Pause and Reflect
• What situations lead you to procrastination or laziness?
• How has laziness hurt you or hurt those around you?
• In what ways might the gospel motivate you to both godly work and godly rest?