Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.-Colossians 3:23-24
It’s so easy to become lazy with our various roles and assignments whether in ministry, on the job, or in our homes. Often times, if we’re really honest, we procrastinate, or we slack off, until we know that something is coming up where our performance will be under scrutiny. Then we scramble to make sure we get it together before we have to do that sermon, worship set, before we turn in that paper or work assignment, before we have an audit or observation at work, before we have a big test… the list goes on and on.
However, we have to remember that everything we do and say reflects our posture towards Christ. In fact, most times our laziness in ministry, the job, or at home, is a reflection of our spiritual laziness as well. An unmotivated spirit definitely is a breeding ground for an unmotivated body. For believers struggling with laziness (which we ALL struggle with from time to time in various capacities): “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9) The Lord has your reward, even if no one here on earth sees, he does.
Now, to the workaholic who is never slaking off: Colossians 3:23-24 is still for you. Remember that while you work, you are not doing this to boost your own pride, legacy or empire. Your days on this Earth are numbered. You are here to be salt and light and to build HIS kingdom. Let go of FOMO, there’s always something to miss out on, and that’s ok. You’re a limited person and God intended for you to be that way. Being busy doesn’t make you important. It makes you TIRED and less able to give quality to the things that are eternal, to the actual things God gave you dominion over and asked you to steward WELL (i.e. your family, the individual things you’ve been called to). Sabbath is important. It’s a gift, not a burden. Remember all that you do should never be to receive praise or applause from men, but to know that when you leave time and enter into eternity that you’ll hear the greatest affirmation of them all: Well done, good and faithful servant.