I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
A foolish and lazy farmer will not produce much good fruit. A foolish and lazy worker will not accomplish much work. A foolish and lazy builder will not have much of a building. We must be diligent in our work to avoid these negative outcomes. Though most of us today don’t literally grow our own food, the work God has given to us allows us to provide for ourselves and our families, and we must not take our work lightly. Any job that we do, whether it is the way we make our living or simply a task that needs done, should be done with integrity to the best of our ability.
In the same way, our spiritual lives take work. There is no place for slothfulness in serving the Lord and living out the Christian life day by day. When we are lazy, our lives become overgrown with thorns and nettles, and no fruit can grow. They choke the seeds of the Word and take away from anything good that we might plant. Our outward appearance of righteousness is overgrown, and no one will be able to see the life of Christ in us. Sharp thorns will keep anyone from getting close. We will become barren fields, lifeless Christians, and useless servants.
When we are slothful about the things of God, our walls will be broken down. We will have no protection from evil forces that may come and attack us. We will be defenseless in the face of every adversity, and the enemy can come in and steal away whatever he wants. A broken wall shows negligence. It tells anyone who sees it that we don’t value what that wall was meant to protect, that we are willing to sacrifice our field and our fruit because we are unwilling to repair the broken wall.
Let’s ask God to help us in the areas of our lives where we are slothful. Let’s survey the field of our life and see whether it is well-tended or overgrown with thorns. Let’s see whether we are bearing fruit or simply taking up space. Let’s see whether we’ve been neglectful of a broken wall somewhere in our life and get to work rebuilding it. And let’s be mindful that a spirit of hard work in any respect is pleasing to our God.