As Old Man Winter pushes through the county, temperatures are beginning to plummet and God’s animal kingdom is looking for a warm nook or cranny to shield them from the bone-chilling blast. Outside life is going dormant as nature shuts down for the season. As we get older, the cold weather seems a little more unpleasant but we rarely shut down. And, when necessity arises, we get the job done.

There is an old proverb that goes like this: “The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing” (Proverbs 20:4). Getting the job done often involves inconveniences but an individual that is goal oriented and properly motivated will see a job to its completion, distractions notwithstanding. Most of us would agree that the end result, in terms of project completion or job satisfaction, is worth any temporary discomfort to ensure a greater or more important conclusion. Therefore, we endure in the present in order to survive and succeed in the future.

Our spiritual goal should be as understandable and acceptable. Sin for a season is such a waste if we really think about it (Hebrews 11:25). The value of this existence pales by comparison to the heavenly home that awaits the faithful, which should motivate us to greater service and sacrifice (Philippians 3:8). However, every now and then, and with absence of malice, we just get lazy.

Lazy is such an ugly word; it carries so much negative baggage, like having knowledge without will-power or wisdom, or just an apathy that fails to see right priorities. Understanding these concepts reflects poorly on those who have the knowledge of Christ but refuse to live for Christ. Why would anyone not be willing to sacrifice if there were greater, more permanent gain to be acquired?

A sincere child of God cannot afford to be lazy; to beg during the final Harvest will be everlastingly too late (Matthew 13:30). So, “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).