Personal Finance Bible Study: Work (Part 7 of 15) – Laziness Brings Dishonor

Corey —  November 24, 2010

       Another danger of laziness is dishonor or a bad reputation. If we are the body of Christ, our actions and reputation impact other people’s ideas about Christ. If people know us to be lazy, we weaken our witness as Christians and bring dishonor to God’s name.

The Destruction of Laziness

       Proverbs contains a powerful warning against the destructiveness of laziness. Laziness can affect us and our reputation so strongly that it makes us a brother to the “master of destruction”, or Satan.

       One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

Proverbs 18:9 (WEB)

       If laziness makes us a brother to Satan, we can easily see why God has called us to work hard. There is no glory for God in laziness. (Let’s make sure we agree on the definition of laziness. Laziness is refusing to do work when work needs to be done or should be done. It is not the same as recreation, which comes after the necessary work has been finished.)

       We don’t admire lazy people. We don’t look at a lazy person and say, “Now he’s a respectable fellow.” We might envy or covet their rest, but that is only an indication that our heart is not right or that Satan is tempting us. But we do not look up to lazy people as an example to be followed. This is why laziness is warned against so strongly in the Bible, and especially by Paul in the New Testament. Laziness can destroy our reputation and completely undermine any witness we have in Christ. And that’s the most terrible effect of all.

       Not only can laziness ruin our reputation, but it can also ruin our life. Laziness in our work can lose us our job. Laziness in managing our finances can bankrupt us. Laziness in our relationships can hurt others. Only a short-sighted fool would choose laziness over doing the work needed to keep things going smoothly.

       The fool folds his hands together and ruins himself.

Ecclesiastes 4:5 (WEB)

       It’s clear that laziness is extremely destructive in our lives. Whether we’re looking at the spiritual aspects of our lives or the temporal, the devastating effects of laziness are not worth the fleeting pleasure of rest. Even just a little bit of laziness can make things much more difficult than they need to be, and we’ll talk about that a bit more in the next part of this series.

       But it’s also important to remember that we do need rest. Proper rest taken at the right time is essential to our health and well-being. After we look at the difficulty laziness brings, we’ll look at our need for rest.



Corey is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in religion. While he enjoys learning and writing about Christianity, another one of his new passions is writing about personal finances in order to help others make wise decisions with their money.

2 responses to Personal Finance Bible Study: Work (Part 7 of 15) – Laziness Brings Dishonor

  1. I always remember that there’s God even when I’m not that faithful or on fire for Him when I’m in difficult time. But I actually forgot about the existance of Satan who is doing evil and celebrating behind my back!
    When we are lazy, he pulled us off from God. It just like we do not look upon God when we do our work, which brings those negative things like laziness, guilt from being lazy and Satan is making things from bad to worse.
    And most of the time, we did not know about the evil doings because he is doing behind our back.
    So, the only way is to keep looking at Him n pray to Him and bring us back on track for His destinated path.

  2. Very true, Shin Chua. We often fail to realize how much Satan is doing that we don’t see. We must never forget that he is prowling around looking for a way to devour us or make us stumble in our walk with God. And you are exactly right as to how we can overcome him. We must always stay focused on Jesus and pursue His kingdom above all else.