A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
He was one of the best high school athletes I have ever seen. He lined up as a fullback in a potent wishbone offense. He could run over, around, and away from every would-be tackler. He could have made a name for himself—except for one thing—he was lazy. Glimpses of greatness appeared when he felt like it, but he only gave a half-hearted effort most of the time.
Laziness produces poverty—in all areas of life. It keeps us from being all God intended us to be, whether at home, work, or worship. Laziness is a lack of discipline that will keep us out of shape physically and spiritually. Poverty, in all forms, will come upon us “like a robber” and steal the blessings of God.
The apostle Paul says, “Train yourself for godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7). The word “train” is a translation of the Greek word “gumnazo,” from which we get our English word “gymnasium.” It was the place where athletes, in Paul’s day, vigorously exercised to strengthen their bodies for competition. Discipline is key—for the body and the soul.
Father, show me where I am lazy. Is it reading your word, prayer, service, sharing the message of Jesus, caring for others, or giving? Give me the desire and strength to address the lazy areas of my life and instill godly discipline.
In Jesus’ name.
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