• Katie Bock

Aug 27 - The "S" Word (Sloth) Part 3

Sloths are sluggish mammals who spend their days sleeping and lounging around in their homes. They don’t feel motivated to move often and when they do it’s at a very slow pace. These fuzzy little guys may be considered cute, but if you put those same characteristics in a human, it becomes a lot less charming.

Proverbs 24:30-34
I went past the field of a sluggard,     past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere,     the ground was covered with weeds,     and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed     and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber,     a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief     and scarcity like an armed man.

This passage shows that God considers slothful people to be foolish. These are people who have aimless wishes, but take no action to achieve them. They avoid what wisdom tells them must be done, such as planting and tending to their fields, and instead find ways to dodge their tasks, leaving them for others to do. God wants us to rest, but like everything else that he designed for us that has been distorted by humans, it will hurt more than just the individual. People around the slothful person will suffer as well.

Commons myths suggest that you can’t be slothful if you are busy, successful, or neat, but that’s not true at all. Just because you have a large house, drive nice cars and work 60 hours a week, you could easily be slothful in other areas of your life. Often it’s your relationships that will suffer. In particular, God does not want us to become spiritually slothful. If God opens a door in our lives and we decide now is not a good time, or say we’ll get to it later, we are being spiritually slothful, dull or indifferent.

Hebrews 6:9-13 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation.  God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.  We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

It can be easy to be lured into a life of comfort and the sin of sloth, but if you see that this is a part of your life, admit your sin to God and ask that he’ll help you to change your priorities. Your number one priority should be “Your kingdom come, your will be done,” and we know that God’s will for us is far more than avoiding responsibilities and missing opportunities to share the good news of Christ with others.

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