We live in turbulent times. Wars, disasters, crime, tensions and disease abound. Every day we are shocked to hear of a new horrific tragedy. We are all tempted sometimes to just run back to bed and pull the covers over our heads and just…wait it out. After all; we Christians will be rescued soon, won’t we? This temptation to hide from the world is very real for me. I struggle with paralyzing fear, lethargy and frustration with being a faithful Christian every day. It wasn’t until I read the below verse that I realized I also struggle with something else: laziness.
“The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
Back when this was written, I’m sure there was a possibility of a real lion being in the streets. However- notice how the Bible calls that fearful person ‘a sluggard.’ Why is that? Shouldn’t worrying about our physical safety be a major concern?
There is a story in the New Testament that answers this question. In Matthew 25; a master goes away and gives his three servants money before he leaves. To one servant, he gives five talents, to another two talents, and to the last servant he gave one talent. When the master returns, the first servant had gained five more talents, earning his master’s praise. The second servant had gained two talents, earning his master’s praise also. The last servant’s story goes differently.
“He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant!…”
(Matthew 25:24-26 ESV, emphasis mine)
Hard words to read. Harder words to hear. I hope I don’t hear them.
Our lions of today still walk the streets. Will you?
“The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.”