“How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:9-11
Years ago I flew to Tucson, Arizona to visit my aunt. She is one of my spiritual influences. It was rejuvenating to be around her. We talked “shop” for hours.
I had been spiritually drained for a while.
As a pastor, I have a lot of Christian friends, whom I love dearly but very few Christian mentors. I am a Christian mentor to several people and I love being that for them. Unfortunately, you cannot be very effective if you are not being filled as well. Because my spiritual tank was drained, every aspect of my life was taking a hit.
All I wanted to do was check out.
Spending a few days with her made me realize I was being a sluggard. She never said anything to indicate that I was but having our in-depth conversations about Biblical stuff forced me to see that I was being a sluggard, by choice. I need to take the initiative to have those kind of conversations even if my friends are not. God should be in my every thought and verbalized on a regular basis.
In the days to follow, I was thinking about why we as Christians do not have in-depth conversations about the Lord. Why do we have to wait until we are in a “Bible study” to do so? Is talking about our family, friends, the latest news broadcast or celebrity gossip more important than the daily scripture we just read.
Will you be a sluggard and let the robber rob you of having a deep relationship with Him? Next time a friend starts talking about celebrity gossip start talking about how King David was a celebrity after he killed the giant. I wonder what your friends would say to that, where will that conversation lead?