307. Ergophobia: Fear of Work

0306_market_fears_400x400-300x300Matthew 25:24-26 NKJV  “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  (25)  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’  (26)  “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.

Sometimes the truth hurts and when we deliver a message bringing clarity and truth of a situation or an attitude to someone we want to do it as lovingly as possible but it still needs to be done.  I’m thankful for people in my life that will share with me the truth, because sometimes we don’t or overlook the genuine motivation for our actions.  We may even attempt to process and try to evaluate them, but we subconsciously overlook some things because it challenges us to look at our real motivations and character and see ourselves in a reality that is more real than we really want to know and it hurts.

This man genuinely believed that his motivation for not using the skills, the resources, and the opportunities given him was because he was afraid of his lord.  But this man’s lord knew the truth and it was he was LAZY.  This guy had a fear alright, but it was the fear of work and not the fear of his lord that drove him to simply hide the coin in the dirt.

Doing something requires Effort and Risk. Both of these things can cause anxiety, but we can’t allow them to prevent us from doing what our Lord desires and expects of us.  We need clarity to determine what these things are.  This comes in His Word, His Presence, & in Relationship with Him.  You have skills, you have been given talents, and there are opportunities all around you.  To not do anything with these things is LAZINESS and FEAR.

This servant was called wicked – a derelict, who brings annoyances, causing pain and troubles.  Don’t be a derelict, who hurts the Father’s heart.  He is with you and has empowered you to do whatever is before you to do.  That doesn’t mean it won’t take effort.  But the work is worth it.  The rewards and His gratitude are eternal (Matthew 25:21,23).

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