The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
Proverbs 19:24

It’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to do even simple things. How many times do you hit the snooze button before you roll out of bed? How’s that new year’s resolution coming?

When spiritual people approach a task, they do not do so with the same perspective as those who do not know God. We know that there is a purpose and a time for every thing that God desires for us. This includes the simple ways we demonstrate our character and our heart through how we discipline our own bodies.

It is true that each person has their own limitations and strengths, but within that recognition is the spiritual imperative to treat that which God has given us as valuable! The proverb above is not just a lesson about being too lazy to eat. Jesus taught the same principle in the Parable of the Servants. One received 5 talents of silver, another 2 and a third 1 talent.

A talent was the weight of a person in silver. It was worth 16 years of wages. The direct modern value of just one talent of silver was $1.4 million dollars.

God has not given you an allowance to survive on. He has given you a fortune to thrive on. It’s up to us to determine how we spend that spiritual wealth, to enrich others and to glorify Him. Our motivation comes from that mindset!

Ethan Kirl

Originally Published July 21, 2020