The Slippery Slope of Idleness

I know for me personally I can easily fall into this sin, I often say to myself, “oh I’m fine I’m just relaxing after this super busy day…” but that usually means for me scrolling through social medias for about 2 hours until I feel guilty enough to get up and be productive. I know that sounds terrible and lazy, but that’s one sin that I really struggle with. I look at so many naturally motivated people and I get jealous of them. “Why can’t I be like them?” But then I speak truth to myself. What does the Bible say about our needs? Matthew 7:7, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

So instead of my first reaction being jealousy or anger I must instead ask for motivation and discipline. God says in the scriptures that He wants us to come to Him with our sins and confess them and He will help us, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We as Christians have such an amazing God. He will help us to defeat our sins that we struggle with.

Often times we know when we are being lazy and we must respond the correct way, we must change our actions and quickly. This quote from M. Hale sums it up well,

“Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains.”

We must remember that this is a sin, this isn’t a grey area, we are specifically called to press on, even when we don’t ‘feel’ like it. Galatians 6:9 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”

So what do we do to kill this hidden sin in our lives?

Read: Well we go back to what we know. We know that God’s word is sharper than any two-edged sword, so we read the word and fill our minds with it. When we fill our minds with the word of God there is little time for distractions. Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Personally examine yourself and see if this describes you. I know for me this often times does not…. One good thing to try is write down the amount of time you spend watching TV or scrolling through social media and compare it to the time you are in the word or reading spiritually edifying books.

Pray: We are called to confess our sins to our God and that we must do. When we confess our weaknesses we see ourselves in the proper light, we see our need of a savior and then we also see His kindness. His kindness is evident in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to change. We must “work out our salvation.” Philippians 2:12-13  sum up our responsibility and God’s plan for our lives,

“…my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Take Action: many times laziness is a side effect of boredom. We choose not to fill our time and then we become idle. Now I am definitely not saying that we must always be crazy busy all the time because then we wouldn’t be able to meditate on the word of God. We must look into our own lives, are there times where we could admonish or help others? As Christian women we must consciously use our time for the glory of Him who called us. As Elisabeth Elliot wrote in her book ‘Let Me Be a Women,’

“It is an astounding thing to know ourselves individually called.”

Thank you so much for reading and I hope it was encouraging. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.



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