Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Throughout the book of Proverbs and indeed throughout the whole Bible, laziness is frowned upon. We have a life to live and shouldn't waste away our time. It is but short in the scheme of things. Once again as we have already noted previously, what we sow is what we reap. We do have a responsibility and a joy to give of ourselves to some meaningful tasks. One thing my Dad taught me was the joy of working. He didn't push so very hard but he found joy in doing things. Kenny always said he liked to work with my Dad. He'd work a while and then take a break--Pepsi and peanuts years ago :). There is balance in it all. My mother has always been industrious, as well, keeping a clean home and organizing the tasks before her. Even now, at 86, she likes to stay busy. Work has great reward.
Salvation is the one thing that we can not earn by our work but once we are saved, there are works to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 says this, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not of works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. In the Body of Christ, we each have work to do. It's not all left up to the pastor. It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:11-16). 1 Corinthians 12 compares the Body of Christ to a human body with each one doing its part to add to the function of the whole. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men (vs. 4-6). Yes, we all have something to contribute, some way that we can leave this world just a little bit better than we found it. And yes, there are different times for different types of work. Look at Jesus' life. He learned the carpenter's trade and was diligent at it until His time came for another type of work, His public ministry. What has God put within you to accomplish? What has He called you to? Maybe it's a different season for a different kind of work. What we consider little can be just as important as the big things, and even more, sometimes. Colossians admonishes us, And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (2:17). And then again, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Do you find yourself depressed? Look around. Give yourself to something beyond yourself. There's plenty to do! And work can keep us out of trouble, too. When we engage in some worthwhile work, we're engaging positively and not doing things we don't need to be doing. Yes, let's learn from the little ant. There are plenty of them all over our land out here at Yeshua's Vineyard. And they are busy! Even at 12 years of age, when Jesus' parents lost him at the temple in Jerusalem, His reply to them was, "How is it that you searched for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"
Get busy in the blessing of the Lord!