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LAZINESS AND SLOTHFULNESS
by Henry Miranda
11/21/2014 / Christian Living
One phrase we are all too familiar with is" there is always tomorrow" we hear it use quite a bit. But this phrase "why put off for tomorrow what you can do today" is a better quote.
We are all guilty of procrastinating at times. But most times, procrastination is the result of laziness. We have no reason to procrastinate. In short, procrastination is a bad habit that can have eternal effects. the Bible is clear that, because the Lord ordained work for us, laziness is a sin.
Proverbs 6:6-8 The lazy person always has lots of excuses why he or she are not doing what they should be doing.
The Biblical term for laziness is slothfulness, which is habitual inactivity, reluctance to work or exert oneself in any way, sluggishness. Another term the Bible uses for a lazy person is a "sluggard." Proverbs 6:9-11. There is no room for laziness in the life of a Christian. In our new nature, we are motivated to diligence and productiveness out of a love for our Savior who redeemed us.
To overcome laziness we need to pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. As believers, we have been taught that it is by grace that we have been saved, through faith and not from ourselves. It is the gift of God and not by works. Ephesians 2:8-9. But we can become idle if we erroneously believe God expects no fruit from our transformed life.
In our new nature, we are motivated to diligence and productiveness out of a love for our Savior who redeemed us. Our old propensity toward laziness and all other sin has been replaced by a desire to live godly lives Our old propensity toward laziness and all other sin has been replaced by a desire to live godly lives. So, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
As Christians, we know that our labors will be rewarded by our Lord if we persevere in diligence: "Let us not become weary in doing the Lord's work , for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. So in the matter of our spiritual life, we dare not procrastinate.
As Christians we should labor in God's strength to evangelize and disciple. The apostle Paul is our example: Colossians 1:28-29 (NKJV) 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Even in heaven, we will continue to work and our service to our Lord will continue. This is a good Proverb to remember
Proverbs 6:6-10 (NKJV)
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep-- ; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Henry Miranda earned a Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree @ Christian Leadership University. Henry Miranda is an Evangelist, Bible Teacher, Author, and Guest Speaker and with the help of the Holy Spirit has written seven life-changing books. You can contact Henry Miranda through his website: http://www.evangelize-for-jesus-ministries.com/
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