The Danger Of Laziness

2 Thessalonians 3:7-10

The Lord has appointed believers to be His ambassadors to a lost and hurting world. As His followers, we are to represent Him in our character, conduct, and conversation whenever we interact with family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers.

God expects us to be diligent in our work and faithful to complete it. However, in our self-absorbed, pleasure-seeking culture, it’s very easy to get sidetracked into laziness. This sin is dangerous in a Christian’s life because of the potential harm that can result—it can hurt our witness for Christ, damage our relationships with others, and waste both the time and the gifts the Lord has given us. Another negative result of such a lifestyle is a character marked as unreliable and untrustworthy.

Laziness frequently shows up as procrastination. We procrastinate when we tell someone we will take action and then repeatedly delay the start time. Or we may begin a project and yet find reasons not to finish it. Surely, if a believer is known as an unreliable person, it damages his or her testimony. We’re also a poor example if we make an attempt to carry out responsibilities but do so in a haphazard or incomplete way. Nor should we be neglectful about the needs of others or relationships with loved ones.

Irresponsible behavior doesn’t fit who we are in Christ. If you realize you’ve been careless in some area in your life, pray, “Lord, I have not lived as I should, and I ask You to forgive me. I choose to turn away from my lazy and neglectful attitudes. Please help me to follow through and become someone who is industrious for You.”

10 thoughts on “The Danger Of Laziness

    • I pray for your strength to move ahead one foot at a time. Looking at the world situation can be depressing. I know that God IS In Charge and that nothing will happen to one of His that He is not aware of. God is always right there with us. Sometimes it is tough th remember that “…. God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7). The devil has a mission to instill fear. This actually works: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he [the devil] will flee from you.” (James 4:7) Martin Luther would yell at the devil and rebuke the devil when he got depressed. Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression and found that forcing himself to work on and complete tasks worked for him. The devil already knows he is defeated and wants to take many with him. …I read the end of the book..WE WIN!

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      • I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the reminder of each point. Many days I can encourage others but I feel often burdened. I would rather be burdened with a broken heart because of what these lost souls are doing. They know not what they do. I never want to go back to blindness even when it hurts watching the truth happen before our eyes.

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        • You’re welcome. We are here to encourage each other. We all need reminders form time to time. The burden for lost souls is why Jesus came the first time. Those of us who carry that burden and act on it as the Lord leads will have our needs taken care of on this side of Heaven and be rewarded in Heaven.

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