Sloth feels like a biblical word for lazy. There’s probably a better explanation for it than that simple one but I’m too lazy to research it.
Slothfulness is a deeper issue than simply being lazy. It’s a desperate attempt to stay comfortable. If anything requires effort and work, slothfulness will search out excuses and loopholes to avoid it.
You may be thinking I can skip this day. I have a job and work hard at it. Congratulations. That’s a responsibility you should own (1 Timothy 5:8). The real question is, do you work hard at all the other responsibilities you have?
Laziness can deceptively present itself in many forms. The lazy dad sees his only role as that of provider, then outsources all his other responsibilities to everyone else in his kids’ lives. He relies on others to carry his weight. Teachers will educate, coaches will discipline, pastors will disciple, and mom will take care of everything that happens in the home.
Instead of being the leader in his home, the lazy dad says, “Go ask your mother,” and presses the eject button from all uncomfortable situations and conversations with his kids. By default, the mom is forced to take on the role of mother and father and begins carrying the weight and responsibility of two. The lazy dad weighs down his own wife so that he can be free.
It’s absolutely shameful!
The remedy to slothfulness is an easy one. The first thing we need to do is…anything. Do something. Take action. Engage. Be a man of action not potential. Start setting goals and forming plans of attack to become someone who works hard in all areas of his life.
As we put off the sin of laziness and sloth, let’s put on work and diligence.
God, You never stop loving me! Thank You for never sleeping and never slumbering on my behalf. Please help me be intentional in You. Help me love You and serve others as You would direct me. Amen.
What areas of your life do you avoid working in to remain comfortable? What would it look like if you weren’t lazy in that area?