By Eren Mckay
Filed under Sunday School Bible Crafts Curriculum - Christian Object Lessons
Have you ever noticed that T.V. shows portray laziness as a good thing?
When you watch certain shows the kid that gets away with not working is considered the smart kid. Somehow fooling people in order to do less work is supposed to be “cool”.
But the truth is that a lie is being taught through many of these programs.
Many people see work as a punishment- they misinterpret the Bible verse in Genesis where God states the consequences of Adam’s sin.
Let’s see that verse:
“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.”
As you can see, work was not a consequence but the ground was cursed. That means that before sin Adam could produce the food with much less work but now with the curse he had obstacles.
With only a small amount of work Adam could reap the results in the Garden of Eden.
There were no thorns and thistles and illnesses to contend with before sin.
But even though none of these things existed there still was work. God ordained work before the fall which means work in itself was not a punishment.
We find this truth in
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Being productive and working is a wonderful blessing that God has given us. We just saw the verse in which He said this even before the fall.
The faithful angels in heaven also work. God’s faithful angels did not sin yet they work. They have a purpose. Work is an opportunity to get something accomplished. It’s a part of our purpose here on Earth.
God uses our efforts and our work to bless other people also.
Even animals and insects were created with a purpose. The Lord designed them in such a way that they naturally work and build things for themselves and their families.
Squirrels store up their food to last all though the winter until spring comes around again.
Here’s a very cute video of a chipmunk (which is a kind of squirrel).
The ant is another example of not being lazy. Even though the ant doesn’t have a “boss” it still works very hard.
Here’s a video about ants and how they work very hard and they also work together:
Red Fire Ants
God tells us in His word that we need to look at the ant as an example of how we should be.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.
You see ants and squirrels not only work for what they need today. We should also think ahead and prepare ourselves for more difficult moments. We should do just as the ant does.
Having fun is great and there is a time and a place for having fun. It shouldn’t be our goal to have fun all day long. There are things in life that aren’t fun. But they are necessary.
When these “out of reality” T.V. shows promote being lazy and not thinking ahead they are encouraging others to believe a lie. The fact is that we need to think ahead and work. The consequences of not working can be devastating as we see in the following verses.
Proverbs 6:9 – 11
“How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
As you can see from these verses there are consequences to being lazy.
There are also rewards for working hard. We must be thankful for all of our blessings.
On the other hand, there are those that are the complete opposite of lazy and work way too much. Their life is all about work. That is the other extreme of things which also is not correct. There’s a time for everything – a time to work and a time to rest as we see in
“To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
We need to be balanced on how we see work. It’s a blessing.
Another word for laziness is slothfulness. Any time there are thoughts of frustration for having to work or if you feel like being lazy simply remember these Bible verses.
“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”
“A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.”
2 Thessalonians 3:10- 12
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”
Music to sing with this lesson:
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Veggietales. Here’s a really cute song by them that talk about some lazy pirates.
We don’t want to be like the pirates who don’t do anything and just sit around:
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