Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you need a good kick in the pants. Maybe you are weary and thirst for hope . . . and wondered if you’d find a dribble here.
Whatever your motive, I hope you find what you need.
Weary vs lazy focuses on character, not circumstances. Here’s how Scripture shakes down these 2 qualities:
- OFFERS HELP – When you become weary.
- GIVES WARNING – To those who choose to be LAZY.
- PROVIDES A BETTER WAY – for the weary and the lazy.
Weariness can result from the “wear and tear” of living in this world. It can be remedied, however. In fact, God’s plan is to address weariness with hope that flows from renewal. Renewal comes from:
- drawing close to God.
- praising Him in all circumstances.
- trusting God is working even when you cannot see.
Gal. 6:9 says you can avoid weariness and get results.
Laziness, on the other hand, is a chosen character quality you engage as you live in the “wear and tear.” It allows “putting off” normal, necessary responsibilities. Being a defense mechanism, it skews thinking. Soon, it’s easy to believe you don’t have to do certain things. Laziness is a kind of denial. It is not easily remedied . . . except by kicking it out.
There is a different exhortation for weariness than for laziness. Let’s use Scripture to get some help.
In Mt. 11:28, Jesus speaks to His children who are weary. His words are filled with
- tender ministry.
“Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Deep rest comes from God. He also gives needed direction and provision as you turn to Him. He says – “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.” (Mt. 11:29)
In another place, Jesus prepares His disciples for the reality of how hard life will get. He wraps it up with a promise – “In this world you will have troubles. But don’t be afraid, for I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)
This is an offer of help and hope.
To the lazy person, Jesus says, “You lazy, wicked servant! . . . “ (Mt. 25:26) “Get going, or I will take your negligent effort – and give the honor I intended for you – to someone else. I want to honor you more than you want to be honored! Start investing into the life I’ve given you. Start with small tasks in front of you. Apply yourself to improve. Ignore false messages you hear in your head. Those aren’t from Me. Trust Me – and I will pull you out of this pit. I will lift you up to the design I intended for your life.”
God wants “better things” for you. (Heb. 6:9) Better habits. Higher standards. Clearer goals. Careful plans. Diligent involvement. If you focus on His interests, you will find He addresses your whole life.
God is just and fair. He has an excellent memory. Every little thing you do by faith in His name, He remembers. And it gets better: He will reward your work – for not being lazy! As you pursue excellence for His glory, He will also renew you in every weariness. In fact, He will teach you how to side-step weariness.
Love God and “show the same diligence to the very end.” (Heb. 6:11)
Article developed from Heb. 6:9-12.
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