At the end of “How the Camel Got His Hump” Kipling has this little ditty:
The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the zoo
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do ........
The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire
Laziness is a sin we do not often address, but it is condemned repeatedly in the scriptures. The Proverbs mention it numerous times (12:24; 12:27; 13:4; 15:19; 19:15; 19:24; 20:4; 20:13; 21:25; 22:13). In the New Testament we also find straightforward condemnation of this fault. Typical of the biblical attitude is this command, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (2 Thes. 3:10).
Instead of being lazy, the Christian should be a diligent worker. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24).
Our society has come to accept laziness. Most people see nothing wrong with trying to get something for nothing, with obtaining and spending other people’s earnings. But the Christian attitude should be the antithesis of the common approach. Rather than seeking to get other people to support us, we ought to be seeking to help others. “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Eph. 4:28).
Let’s have a careful look at how we spend our time. Let’s be more diligent in our work. It might help us with our unsightly lumps. It will definitely make us more pleasing to the Lord.