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Summary: The Bible warns of the deadliness of laziness. As one man put it: “the lazy brain is the devil’s workshop”. Our lazy days are Satan’s busy days. He loves a sitting target – a sitting duck. Laziness is a deadly sin.

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Laziness

2 Thessalonians 3

Introduction

The Bible warns of the deadliness of laziness. As one man put it: “the lazy brain is the devil’s workshop”. Our lazy days are Satan’s busy days. He loves a sitting target – a sitting duck. Laziness is a deadly sin.

When it comes to laziness Americans are possibly the world leader. We’re known as the land of the long weekend, of strikes, sickness and false claims. Where even early retirement has become an idol because anything is better than working, even nothing.

I. Laziness—A Blind Spot

• Do you struggle with laziness?

• I suppose if you are lazy you don’t struggle with it do you?

• Because the whole point of laziness is that it’s what you’re not doing.

• It’s what’s called a sin of omission.

• It’s what you’re not doing rather than what you are doing.

• So, if gluttony is chasing all the wrong things in life, laziness is more about failing to chase the right things.

• Where pride, anger, envy, lust, impurity and gluttony are seen in what you do, laziness is seen in what you don’t do.

• This is why laziness is such an easy sin to fall into.

• All you have to do to do it, is … do nothing.

• It’s always harder to be aware of something you’re not doing, than the things you are doing.

• When we come to confess our sins, we’re more likely to confess the bad things we’ve done than all the good things we’ve left undone.

• Laziness is like falling asleep at the wheel.

• You don’t even know you’ve done it but it’s just as deadly.

• It’s not what you did: speeding, overtaking, whatever.

• It’s what you didn’t do – you didn’t stay awake.

• If there’s one thing Jesus kept telling his disciples, and the Bible keeps telling us: its stay awake, be alert.

II. Busy Bodies vs. not Busybodies

2 Thessalonians 3 shows a bunch of Christians who are in huge danger of falling asleep at the wheel.

• Paul’s been reminding the Thessalonians about the great hope they have as Christians, about the need to live with their focus on heaven ahead, looking forward to a time when everything will be put right.

• But here’s the problem: focusing on heaven ahead doesn’t mean you just sit around waiting for it.

• It means you get busy with heavenly priorities.

• It means you realize all the things God wants you doing as you wait.

• In verse 11 of 2 Thess. 3, it seems some of the Thessalonian Christians have decided that they can just sit back, and take it easy.

• There’s a little song they use do at Pre-School: ‘It’s nice to get up in the morning, it’s nice to get up in the morning, it’s nice to get up in the morning, but it’s nicer to stay in bed”.

• That’s the theme song for some of the Thessalonians.


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