The personnel director knew he had made a mistake when he reviewed the health insurance application for his new employee and saw the following information:
Date of Birth: January 12, 1978
Weight: 6 pounds, 10 ounces
Height: 20 inches
That personnel director probably took some quick action to begin looking for a replacement. Yet that’s something that is hard for many Christians to do when we have a bad employee, contractor, or other individual we’re doing business with. The Bible teaches us to be patient with the weak, like the person I just mentioned. But it does not command us to overlook slothfulness. In fact, the opposite is true.
God’s cure for laziness is cutting off the food supply. First Timothy says, “If any would not work, neither should he eat.” When either government or individuals feed a person who refuses to work, they violate this commandment by shielding them from hunger, which is the one thing that could make a lazy person redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.