One of the great quotes in political history comes from John F. Kennedy.
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”That is an approach to this verse. Kennedy was making a political speech so he is focusing on the country. Solomon is talking about righteousness and all of society. Some people are takers. You know them. They want, they demand, they take. If they don’t get, they complain. What they will not do is produce and give. You see them every day.
Our calling is to never join them. If you want to walk with Jesus, if you want to be “righteous” (6662), then you will develop the attitude of giving, not taking. It starts in little ways like opening a door for someone else, giving a weaker person your seat or just listening. Giving can also involve money and hard work.
So? Do you want to be a sluggard or righteous? Dumb question. Now try to show the answer today.