Understanding Laziness and Overcoming it


We all have bouts of laziness, but continual laziness is a problem. To be constantly idle and fruitless is contrary to scriptural teachings.

Laziness is a sin. God wants us to live purposefully and work conscientiously {in a thorough and responsible way}.

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Are you a lazy christian?

Description of a lazy person:

  • Procrastination– Somebody who puts off what needs to be done.
  • Excuses– using any excuse to avoid work.
  • Wasteful– wastes time, energy, and resources
  • Careless– being neglectful and careless regarding what is going on around them.
  • Untrustworthy– leaving tasks unfinished, damaging testimony; becoming a poor witness for Christ.

If you find yourself relating to these descriptions don’t lose hope, God can and will rescue you and change you to be more like him.

2 Corinthians 3:18b {NLT}

And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.


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If you find yourself being lazy understand that:

  1. The devil will try to make our time on earth unproductive, suffocated with sin, insecurity and fear to make us discouraged until we are ineffective and paralyzed.

    Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 peter 5:8

    A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12

  2. If God truly is our master, we must obey him willingly. Our time, abilities and money are not ours in the first place- we are caretakers, not owners. When we ignore, squander or abuse what we are given, we are rebellious and deserve to be punished.

    Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. But who am I, that I could give you anything? Everything I have has come from you, and I give you only what you first gave me. 1 Chronicles 29:12-14

    I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’  “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:25-30


    Proverbs 6:6-11 {NLT}

    Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
        Learn from their ways and become wise!
    Though they have no prince
        or governor or ruler to make them work,
    they labor hard all summer,
        gathering food for the winter.
    But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
        When will you wake up?
     A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
        a little folding of the hands to rest—
     then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
        scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.



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