“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” (Prov 12: 24)
A large part of my “spiritual” journey, of my journey to freedom, in God’s light, consists of facing the challenges of my everyday responsibilities “diligently.” I can easily slip into excluding these responsibilities, like opening the mail and filling out necessary forms, from my “spiritual” obligations, as if my work-responsibilities were mundane trivialities. But a life in Christ is not one of “forced labor,” whatever it is I happen to be doing.
I remind myself today that my Lord calls me, and indeed empowers me, to the freedom to do what I should be doing, because I want to do it. His “will” for me is most clearly expressed in my immediate responsibilities, however unpleasant they may seem. So let me embrace His will and continue my cross-carrying journey today, doing the next right thing in Him and with Him, Who liberates me from the “forced labor” that comes from laziness. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Col 3: 23)