Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
~ John 5:17
So, work is from God; work is godly; it is in the very nature of God to work.
Now what is the opposite of work?
The opposite of work is laziness, idleness, slackness. When someone is not working, when someone is not always at his work, then that person is lazy. And just like work is from God – the nature of the Father – laziness is the nature of the devil. Idleness is in the nature of the devil.
This is actually in the Bible.
“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
~ Proverbs 18:9
Who is the one that destroys?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ John 10:10
So the devil is the one that destroys.
In other words, what the wise man is saying in Proverbs 18:9 is that when you are slack in your work, when you are not always at your work like your Heavenly Father, you are a brother to the devil.
Understand: idleness makes you a partner, a brother to the devil. Idleness makes you a co-worker with the devil.
When you see someone sleep until 7 in the morning, allowing the sun to rise before them, and then idle the rest of the day away, that person is operating in the spirit of satan; he is walking in the nature of the devil. And if that person is a Christian, he or she is not being godly.
When Jesus says, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working,” He means that “I’m working in the spirit of my Father. I am operating in the nature of my God”
You see God creates; God brings wonderful things into existence in order to bless people. The devil is the opposite; the devil destroys.
So when you are not working, you are being destructive.
God put resources in you: abilities, talents, and so on. He gave you life. He gave you time. And when you’re not using these things to work, you are being wasteful; and wastefulness is of the devil. Jesus said, “let nothing be wasted”.
I encourage you today to make sure that you find what your work is, and just like the Father and His Son Jesus, you are always at your work.