Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord – Romans 12:11
The word “business” here refers to any responsibility or activity in which we might be engaged, not just career or financial obligations.
Paul exhorts us not to be slothful, or lazy, in anything that we do. Whether you are parenting, or studying, or working, or ministering you should do it to the very best of your ability. As Solomon so wisely advised,“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
Sadly, sometimes we confuse our American rights with our Christian rights, and we begin to grumble and complain and get by with as little as we can. But Christians should be the most conscientious and virtuous employees, husbands and wives, or citizens, no matter where they are or what their circumstance.
Why? What is the motivation for such constancy and integrity, even in the midst of a lazy and selfish culture? Paul reminds us simply that we are “serving the Lord.”
No matter what responsibility or opportunity we may be given, we are ultimately to understand that it comes from God and that we are to perform the duty for his sake, for his pleasure. We are serving the Lord.
Do not settle for a mediocre effort and do not have an ungrateful disposition. As you change diapers, or give presentations, or sell products, or take tests — whatever you do, do it with all your might, in service to the Lord.