Book: Proverbs 12
“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.”
This proverb reminds me of the parable Jesus told in Matthew 25 of the man who was going away for a long time and gave each of his three servants money to look after according to their demonstrated abilities. Two of the servants immediately took the money and started to invest it so that their master would see an increase in his wealth. The third servant could not be bothered to invest the portion he had been given and instead took the bag of money, dug a hole, and hid it there until his master returned.
When the master did return he was very pleased with the two who had invested and doubled the money He said to them, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”(Matthew 25:21,23). These servants proved to their master that they were trustworthy and faithful therefore they were given more important jobs. Their hard work made them leaders.
On the other hand the servant who could not even be bothered to take the money to the bank and at least get some interest on the money, without doing any work for it, was the loser. He had what had been entrusted to him taken away and given to one of the other hard working servant. The master did not want to keep him around as he was lazy and therefore sent him away. He would have to beg for survival instead of being blessed to be under his master’s care.
Matthew 25:29 says “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Those who work hard with what they are given, even if it is simple jobs, will receive more because they have proven themselves.
There are many excuses for not working hard but the result is a loss on the part of the person working. Joseph in Genesis on the other hand, had every reason to slack off as his brothers had sold him into slavery. He then was thrown into prison because of a false accusation against him. Each time he worked hard in the environment he was in. Each time that work gave him more responsibilities and freedoms others did not receive.
Whatever you are given to do, work hard at it and become the leader God desires you to be!