I think we lie to ourselves when we believe that being lazy doesn’t have an appeal to it. The temptation to do as little as possible and just binge watch Netflix is seemingly ever-present. We often get sucked into the vortex of our smartphones and social media for hours a day when there are much more productive things we could be doing.
I often find myself at the edge of working or reclining. Sometimes I am not quite motivated to start doing something but feel too guilty to do nothing. I just teeter on the cliff’s edge thinking about what I should be doing and still not doing it.
That’s when I need to be reminded to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58 ESV). I need to be reminded that doing the work of the Lord is always worth it.
Whether it’s studying my Bible or visiting someone or preparing a lesson or calling someone who needs someone to talk to, God’s work will never be something that is done with regret. I often do regret loafing around in excess. But I’ve never regretted putting my faith in action.
That is what faith is, after all. It’s more than just mental assent, it’s a conviction that leads to me doing something (Jas. 2:14-26). Faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26). It might as well not be faith at all. I can believe in God and His Son and choose to relax over working for Him, but I’ll always regret it.
God expects Christians to be involved in His work: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).
Notice that we are created anew in Christ Jesus for good works. God’s Son “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). After we are born again, doing the work of God should be in our spiritual DNA.
So, the next time you have the choice to do nothing or to do God’s work, do God’s work. You won’t regret it.