Are You Lazy? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor
Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS)

Many of you may read the title and think, There’s NO way I’m lazy! I wake up at 6 a.m., grab a quick bite to eat, lift weights or exercise for the team, go to school, participate in an after-school activity, do my homework and then repeat the next day. There’s a good chance this schedule describes your daily activity. It is very likely that you are, indeed, busy. But, it is also very likely that you are lazy. Please don’t be offended by that. Every human – adults included – struggle with laziness. However, it is something to be aware of since Scripture doesn’t have a lot of positive things to say about laziness (Prov. 12:24, 27).

Do You Ever Complain?

You may have your schedules filled to the brim, and you may study hard to ace every test, but do you ever complain about it? Do you ever whine about never having enough time? Do you ever grumble about having to study when you’d rather be streaming Netflix? Believe it or not, this can be a sign of laziness. Even if you accomplish the task or do the activity, if you’re complaining while doing it: that’s typically a sign of laziness. Every human complains because every human is fallen. The temptation is so common, we have Scripture encouraging us to do all things without grumbling and complaining (Phil. 2:14).

Do You Ever Daydream?

I used to be the master of daydreaming. I still find myself doing it often. However, I don’t daydream as much because now I have a smartphone. Instead of allowing my mind to wonder off, I pick up my phone and scroll through tweets, posts, and pics. One sign of our laziness can be distraction. When we feel the pressure to work or perform, we want to escape from that so we escape into an online world. Your laziness can often be gauged by how often you’re taking out your phone and staring at the screen. I’m not saying that any time you pull your phone out you’re being a lazy bum; however, it can be an indicator of laziness so be cautious.
These are just a couple of examples of how laziness can manifest itself in your life. As I said, parents don’t have this thing figured out either. Parents struggle with laziness – all humans do. Why do you think that is? Let me answer that question by briefly looking at Genesis.
In the beginning God created man and put him in the Garden of Eden. One of man’s purposes was to “work” and “keep” the Garden of Eden (2:15). Keep in mind that sin had not yet entered the earth. Therefore, we can say that work was in existence before sin entered the earth. As much as we might like to think that work is a result of the Fall, it clearly wasn’t. Work was a good, God-ordained institution prior to the Fall.
In reference to laziness, we can clearly see that it goes against work. But, more importantly, we can see that laziness goes against the created order of things. We could say it this way: if God created work before the Fall and saw it as good, you better believe Satan is going to try and thwart our hard work. Satan is going to fan the flame of laziness. Your sinful nature is going to battle the desire to work that’s been hard-wired into your DNA. 
Part of your job as a Christian is figuring out how to work – striving not to be lazy. Listen, there are times when you need to be able to relax and watch TV, play on your smartphone, or text your friends. But, be cautious of feeding your laziness and know that it’s always going to be a temptation. 
Just remember, it’s not your life to waste, so get to work for the glory of God.

Posted by Joey Stewart at 10:00 AM