How long will you lie down, O sluggard ? When will you arise from your sleep?
Wake up! Get up off your butt and get out there and work! That seems to be the message here.
It is as practical as it gets too. If you sit around eating Cheetos (mmmm, Cheetos) watching reruns of I Love Lucy then you shouldn’t be too surprised when life passes you by and your waistline expands.
Instead, the Lord urges you to get to work.
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
The ant is a self starter and motivated by survival. We are sometimes lazy because we know the minimum amount of work will still get us by. But will it really bless us?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that we must work to be saved. The Lord finished that work for believers before we were born. However, the process of becoming more like Christ (sanctification) and “working out our salvation” is a labor of love that takes energy, dedication, and zeal. You will get out of it what you put into it.
Think about the people that you respect in ministry or even the people you look up to around you. Are you under the impression that they woke up one day and were blessed with insight and wisdom? Or did they work at it day and night and keep after it year after year?
Even if you set aside the spiritual message, the practical advice remains the same. If you don’t work, you probably won’t eat much. The more you work, the better you’ll eat.
Bottom line: why settle for Cheetos when you can have steak?