Have you ever had smoke get in your eyes? How did it feel?


Proverbs 10:26. Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

I’m not sure bout vinegar on my teeth, but I’ve definitely had smoke in my eyes. The eyes water and burn and you have to keep them closed for a while until they recover. Solomon says that’s what it’s like whine you ask a sluggard, a lazy person, to do a job for you.

What jobs do you get asked to do around the house? Do you do your best, or just enough to get by. Do mom and dad have to come behind you and do the job right because you were too lazy to do it right? Do they have to complete it for you? Do you hide from hard work? Do you avoid it, trying to only do what you enjoy instead?

It can be easy to be a sluggard when we don’t like the chore that we are asked to do or when we’d rather be doing something else. But we must be careful because being lazy can become a habit. It can become a label that we earn where everyone begins to see us as “the sluggard,” like Solomon does here in the Proverbs.

For the Christian always working hard should be normal. Why? Because, as the Apostle Paul says, the Christian is always working for our Lord, Jesus.  

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Every chore you do, every job, every task, housework, schoolwork, volunteer work, it is all done for Jesus. And when you are connected to Jesus, it is all done from Jesus. He is inside of you doing the work through you. That should motivate us to always work hard and never be lazy.

Because of Jesus all of our work matters to God.

With Jesus we can always work hard.


Have a “spring cleaning” chore day at home (inside work, outside work). Talk about how we can work hard at what we do for Jesus.


Jesus, you are working through me. Help me to work hard for you. Amen.


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