Kings Must Not Be Lazy

close up photo of a condenser microphone

Laziness is the kind of sin that no one really wants to be seen in. There is your sister coming back from the gym, she’s got bread in the oven and morning devotions complete. Across the room, there you are reclined on the couch eating Cheetos, the blue glaze of your phone illuminating your orange-stained lips and fingers as you scroll with the free hand to your fourth cat video. No one wants a snapshot of that scene posted to the internet. 

In the first place, better things are determined concerning you. And everybody said, amen. In the second, you can slip into to the uglier manifestations of laziness by giving into the subtle manifestations of it. So here is some encouragement to pull the weed of laziness when it is small.

Proverbs 12:24 says that the hand of the diligent shall rule. You are a fulfillment of the promise made to our father Abraham that kings would come from him. You are a royal priesthood. You are categorically the diligent rulers. So you must be what God has made you to be. 

Laziness is laced with unbelief. God says that you reap what you sow. The lazy say, “We will find a shortcut.” And when their shortcut doesn’t work they say, “We don’t care about reaping,” which is both a lie and a twisted attempt to take God’s throne and call Deuteronomic blessings worthless. God says that vain pursuits at gaining wealth will fail but he who gathers by hard work will increase (Proverbs 13:11). But the lazy want wealth without the callouses, weightloss without the treadmill, godly children without the catechism, and sanctification without confession, Bible reading, and prayer. 

The lazy say there is a lion in the streets. The royal priesthood says, “That, friend, is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” We have arise from sleep to rule with him. So let us be going.