Many people have the tendency to use excuses to neglect their responsibilities. What is common to lazy people is the attitude of shifting blame and finding reason for their inability to perform a task. Often, the habitual excuse-maker is seen as the weak-link at the workplace. This is a reputation every Christian should avoid. In this light, we shall discuss the underlying causes and solutions to dealing with this attitude.


  1. From the passage, what are the marks of a lazy person? (Verses 31-34, Prov. 22:13)
  2. In what ways is the attitude of laziness expressed in contemporary times?
  3. How does the attitude of laziness lead to poverty? (Verse 33-34)
  4. How can the attitude of laziness of be dealt with?

The field of the sluggard as described in Proverbs 24:31-34 is overgrown with thorns, covered with weeds and has its fence wall broken. This is because daily, the sluggard finds an excuse to procrastinate, idle about and avoid work. Little by little, work undone accumulates and the sluggard is overwhelmed by the backlog. Laziness brings failure, poverty and lack of progress. Possibly, it is for this reason that some people live in unclean environments while others suffer unemployment and avoidable poverty. No one takes a habitual excuse maker serious at the workplace. They are often bypassed during promotion to which they complain bitterly. Such a person is a bad example and their testimony as Christians may not be taken seriously. To avoid being lazy, inculcate the habit of self-discipline, avoid procrastination, and plan your day by apportioning time for every task.