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“Of Slugs

and Ants”

by: Josh Mackenstein


“The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy,

it's that I just don't care.”

“My only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and

the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.”

“I'd say in a given week I probably only do

about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.”

“I did absolutely nothing,

and it was everything that I thought it could be.”

- Peter Gibbons


“Working Hard


Hardly Working?”



Work Has Become:

  • A Curse,
  • Not A Blessing
  • A Means
  • to get $
  • A Means to have leisure and retirement

God and Mankind

“At Work” in Scripture

Genesis 2: 1-3, 3: 17-19

Exodus 20: 8-11

Psalm 121John 5:17

1 Corinthians 10:31

Colossians 3: 22-24



6: 6-11


Ants have an innate desire to work hard and work well.

Ants don’t need scolded, threatened, or bribed to do the basic work assigned to them.

Ants don’t need accountability or supervision to stay on-task.

The Ant works because that’s what it was created to do!


Proverbs 20:4

“A sluggard

does not plow

in season; so at

harvest time

he looks

but finds nothing.”


Proverbs 13:4

“The sluggard craves and

gets nothing,    but the desires of the diligent

are fully satisfied.”


The Irony and Tragedy of the Ant:

Humans are made in God’s Image and

are the “crown jewel” of His Creation;

Yet… we need to be tutored by an insect

so as to learn the sacred value of Work.


Consider The Slug


26: 13-16


“Rational Lies”

  • For Avoiding Work:
  • The “Exception To The Rule” Excuse
  • The “Everybody Else Is Doing It” Excuse

Proverbs 18:9

“One who is slack in his work    is brother

to one

who destroys.”


Psalm 127: 1-2

“1Unless the LORD

builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD

watches over the city,    the watchmen

stand guard in vain. 2 In vain you rise early    and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—    for he grants sleep

tothose he loves.”


Proverbs 23:4

“Do not wear yourself out

to get rich;

have the wisdom

to show



10 Signs

That You

May Be A



Both the Sluggard and the Workaholic Have the

Same Attitude:

“I’m Living Life

My Way”


Both Avoid The Responsibilities of Life

  • That Don’t Interest Them.
  • By Distraction
  • By “Busyness”

Both Will Suffer Consequences and Damage Due to their Lifestyle:

  • Economic
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Relational

Colossians 1: 28-29

28“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”