The Scriptures speak surprisingly often of the vice of laziness or “sloth” as the
King James would put it. So much so, that many Old Testament scholars
acknowledge it as one of the central themes of the book of Proverbs,
which is directed toward the training of future royalty. So, if you
want to be effective on the job, Proverbs offers the following:
Proverbs 19:15: A lazy person sleeps soundly—and goes hungry.
Proverbs 10:4: Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
26:15-16: Some people are so lazy that they won’t lift a finger to feed
themselves. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise
Proverbs 12:24: Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
words of Scripture imply that laziness is a spiritual issue. Working diligently and faithfully is a spiritual
discipline, for when we work we are serving God, not only our earthly
For those of us who feel like we need to grow in this area, here are some steps to take:
a good look at your spiritual life. Matters of vocation and spirit are
linked. It is possible that a spiritual problem is keeping you from
working with all of the passion God wants for you to.
- Memorize Colossians 3:17 and 3:22-4:1 and say it daily before arriving in the workplace.
- Find an accountability partner.
the most common weaknesses of employees in the eyes of most bosses. In
some workplaces, there are even acronyms used in personnel files. Here
NMJ—not my job
NMM—Need more money
WCT—Wastes company time
PPP—Promises, promises, promises
NMH—Needs more help
ACD—Always complaining and disagreeable
CWS—Clock watcher’s syndrome
TTM—The trouble maker
SRM—Supports rumor mill
that your boss is not an angry balding person who cuts the paychecks.
Your boss is the one who signed your eternal pardon with the blood of
Christ. Your boss is the one who gave you your job. Allow this to inform HOW you do what you do.
Let’s also remember these words of Scripture (Colossians 3:22-4:1), as paraphrased by Eugene Peterson in The Message:
do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the
minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for
your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when
you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate
Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy
work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad
work. And masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with
them. Don’t forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master—God in