Our stubbornness is in cahoots with our laziness. We don’t want to change: it takes too much time and energy.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. Pr 6:9-11
We run across this passage again in chapter 24 when Solomon walked by a run-down vineyard. His application was this: If we do not tend to the vineyards in our lives, then our lives will become run-down.
What kinds of vineyards? I’m glad you asked!
- Our house
- Our vehicles
- Our health
- Our spiritual life
just to name a few. Sure, it takes time and work, but aren’t the things worth having worth working for-and worth working to keep?
Jesus said to count the cost before embarking on a new venture:
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Lk 14:28-30
We chose to follow Christ. We heard His voice and accepted His invitation. He was pretty clear about the cost:
23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Lk 9:23-24
Do we want to be good followers? Good friends? Good spouses? Good children/parents? Good neighbors? Then, it’s time to “get a round tuit” and do what He is asking us to do. Daily. Hourly. Consistently.
Wouldn’t it be great if all Christians followed Jesus like He wants us to follow Him? Then we all would experience His love, joy, peace, hope and grace every time we were together! Let’s “Do what we don’t want to now so that we can do what we want later (Dave Ramsey).” How can we enjoy the fruit of our efforts in tending to our vineyards if we don’t put in the effort? Jesus wants us to be successful; being diligent in what He has asked us to do IS SUCCESS.
Note: my dad once asked me to mow the lawn. I told him I would get around to it soon. He handed me a coin which read, “TUIT.” I asked him what it was and He said, “It’s a round tuit. Go mow the lawn.” I did!