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Laziness: A Sinful Exhibition

DevotionsLaziness: A Sinful Exhibition

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

📌Many people do not realize that laziness is a sin. But like any other landmine, it has the potential to hurt or destroy lives. To be constantly idle and fruitless is contrary to scriptural teachings. And anything that goes against God’s Word is a sin.

📌In the parable of the talents, Jesus said of the servant who buried his master’s money, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!’ (See Matt. 25:26 NIV.)

See also  The burning lamp

📌The Lord put both wickedness and slothfulness (laziness) into the same undesirable category.

📌The book of Proverbs gives us a description of the lazy person.

👉 First, he is a procrastinator—somebody who puts off what needs to be done (Prov. 20:4).

👉 Second, he uses any excuses to avoid work (Prov. 22:13).

👉 Third, he wastes time (Prov. 6:9-11).

👉 And finally, a slothful (lazy) person is neglectful and careless with regard to what is going on around him (Prov. 24:30-32).

📌 Laziness does not fit who we are as believers. Our Father expects us to live purposefully and work conscientiously. To be lazy damages our testimony. It makes us turn out a poor performance.

📌A lazy, untrustworthy person leaves tasks unfinished and, as a result, is a poor witness for Christ.

📌What will unbelievers see in such a life that they would desire for themselves? Nothing!

📌 Note: We have a wonderful opportunity to participate in God’s work, and that includes performing well in our vocation as a demonstration of obedience to Him. Choose to work for Him today.

📌Laziness destroys our testimony as the children of God. Therefore, eschew laziness from your life and be fruitful in your endeavours; the Holy Spirit will help and direct you.

📌Many Christians are indescribably lazy especially when they are brainwashed with prosperity messages erroneously presented to them by self-called preachers.

📌Worshipping God does not call for folding of hands, waiting for “blessings” from above. It is pseudo-worship.

📌A lazy person is a host to poverty and unproductivity. So, eschew laziness.

Shalom and Maranatha!

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