January 17, 2005
The Landmine of Slothfulness
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Many people never stop to realize that laziness is a sin. But slothfulness is like any other landmine in that it can hurt or destroy us. To be constantly idle and fruitless is contrary to God's teachings. And anything that goes against His Word is a sin. In the parable of the talents, Jesus said of the servant who had buried his master's money, "You wicked, lazy servant!" (Matthew 25:26 NIV) The Lord put wickedness and slothfulness in 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. (20:4) Second, he uses any excuse he can to avoid work. (22:13) Third, he wastes time. (6:9-11) And finally, a slothful person is neglectful and careless regarding what is going on around him. (24:30-32)
Laziness does not fit who we are as believers. God expects us to live purposefully and work conscientiously; to be lazy and turn out a poor performance damages our testimony. The Bible says "like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble" (Proverbs 25:19). A lazy, untrustworthy person leaves tasks unfinished and, as a result, is a poor witness for Christ. Unbelievers will not see anything in that kind of life that they would desire for themselves.
We have a wonderful opportunity to participate in God's work, and that includes performing well in our vocation as a sign of obedience. Choose to work for Him today.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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