So, we are now on #4 of the 7 deadly sins and so if you’ve been following along then you know we’re going to define what sloth is exactly and then dig deeper into what the Word has to say.
Sloth: Reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness (Google “define sloth” and it’s first one). This definition, to my understanding, is the same one used in the Word. Laziness is a huge problem among the nation. Take the picture posted above. People are always looking for the next way that we can get away with doing as little as possible, me included. I wouldn’t be telling you the truth if I said I am not a lazy person. Every time we drive into a parking lot I scan for the closest parking spot to the store, chances are you do the SAME thing. This isn’t a post to point the finger at anyone or anything like that, but part of my point is to show you guys, and myself, that these 7 deadly sins are a lot trickier and we fall into them far more than we might think.
So, now comes the part where we look into the Word. What does the Word say about slothfulness or laziness?
“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.”
“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”
“The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.”
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
“For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
The Word of God warns us what slothfulness and laziness bring, and He reveals these things to us because He loves us, His children, and He wants for us to follow His ways because they are best for us. What an amazing, thoughtful, and LOVING God we serve. I know I am so relieved that he does not want us to be lost, but He wants us to be equipped and ready to follow Him and He gives us a Holy Book to let us know what He wants and expects of us. He doesn’t leave us guessing and trying in vein, but He reveals it to us.