Thursday, September 26, 2013

Is it a sin to be lazy?

Yes, it is a sin to be lazy. This is not to say it is wrong to relax, desire a break, or even take a nap, but a godly person is to be a hard worker and not “slothful”. Numerous Bible passages teach that laziness is wrong.

What the Old Testament teaches about laziness:
  • Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread” (Pro. 20:13).
  • Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds” (Pro. 27:23).
  • The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor” (Pro. 12:24).
  • The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (Pro. 13:4).
  • He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer” (Pro. 18:9).
What the New Testament teaches about laziness:
  • “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thessalonians 3:7-12).
Laziness is not the same as being tired or worn-out. Laziness is an unwillingness to work. We should never have an heart that does not desire to work. Hard times happen, jobs some times end, but our willingness to work should not. Christians are to be diligent hard workers.

By Cliff Sabroe - Quotes from NKJV and NASB95 Bibles. Image from athleanx.