Of Salt and Slugs

Proverbs 20:4

“The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.”

Get a Job

You’ve probably heard someone yell out the window of a car, “Get a job!” I know I have. And if I had never heard it I know I have thought it. Every once in a while I see a person with a cardboard sign and think to myself, “Why don’t you get a real job, instead of making more than me?”

We should really be careful when we see people begging for work, for food, or for money. Unless we have followed a person around for a while, we don’t know what he has gone through. We should be more careful before we pass judgment.

Really, Get a Job

BUT, there are many people who really do end up begging others for basic needs all because of their laziness. There are people who refuse to spend any energy doing whatever it takes to feed themselves, much less their families.

I don’t want pity, nor am I bragging, but there was a time when I had to work 3-4 jobs at a time in order to keep my wife and daughters out of a shelter and in a house. I know what it is like to work in a dangerous factory during the week, deliver pizzas at night, wash dishes all weekend, and deliver news papers on Sunday morning. I know what it is like to plow in winter.

Salt or Snail?

The lazy person is called a “sluggard.” The name causes one to envision a long, slow-moving, slimy snail. The “sluggard” refuses to get up an do anything because work is hard. He chooses to wait until the “time is right,” but the right time never comes. Then, when hunger comes, he begs, complains, accuses others, and demands his “rights.”

Unfortunately, many societies encourage “sluggards.” They reward them with everything they want, including food, shelter, clothing, and cell phones. Sadly, some healthy Christians think it is appropriate to live off of certain programs, rather than work, but…

You can’t be the salt and light of the earth while acting like a snail.

 

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About Anthony Baker

Husband, dad, pastor/preacher/teacher, musician, and Time Magazine's Person of The Year in 2006 (no joke!). Loves coffee (big time), good movies, and sarcastic humor. His tombstone will read, "I Can't Believe He Actually Said That!" Most importantly, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. All glory belongs to Him. View all posts by Anthony Baker

3 responses to “Of Salt and Slugs

  • Chris Jordan

    Love your quote: “You can’t be the salt and light of the earth while acting like a snail.” Thanks for the post!

  • backthewaywecame

    Ditto the above comment. Slugs can’t stand salt. Interesting.
    When I trained farmers in Mwinilunga, Zambia’s North West Province, mainly women pitched up to be trained. There were only about three men out of 36 participants. It is a common sight in many parts of Africa to see women slaving away from before dawn to late at night while the men sit “in the gate” (outside their huts or in a communal area) chatting and smoking (the latter with money their wives acquired by selling produce in the market place). It caused quite a stir when I encouraged the men to follow the scriptures, which you have so ably referred to in your post. They laughed at the idea that they should do “women’s” work, yet struggled to see that they were not working at all, but living off their wives. Fortunately for this group, they became captivated with Messiah’s Word and chose to follow Him in this.

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