I believe ALL Christians love God in their hearts and want to do something for God in their lives. Most have the intention of helping others and see other lives changed for God. Some might even feel a dream that God has placed in their hearts but feel trapped or stuck in their everyday lives to see this come to past. The devil hates these dreams placed by God and seek to destroy every single Christian’s hope, dream and call. There’s a constant battle going on in the spiritual realm for us to do the work of the ministry.
Sometimes we unknowingly accept what the devil cunningly puts in front of us and I believe this is one of it – laziness. If we get deceived and become lazy, less and less Christians serve God and it hinders the gospel from going forth. Here’s what some great men of God are saying about laziness and being idle:
Jesse Duplantis: “Idleness is the devil’s workshop.” All I know is that when you are idle, you become an easier target for the devil to hit. That’s why I keep moving.
Billy Graham: Whatever you do, keep your mind and your body occupied; don’t give laziness or boredom a chance to take root in your soul. The devil delights in someone who is idle or bored; he knows this leads to temptation or discouragement. But the person who is occupied with worthwhile activities is far less vulnerable. Remember the Bible’s admonition: “Do not give the devil a foothold” (Eph 4:27)
There are some lies that the devil tries and slip in front of well meaning Christians to cause idleness and hinder them from serving God:
Lie #1: I need to relax and destress. Sure, all of us need our Sabbaths, all of us need our moments of relaxation and refreshment. I won’t recommend you to skip this at all. But if you are in this mode ALL the time, something is wrong! One should allocate your relaxation time in your schedule, enjoy it, but not be living in this mode that you need to relax all the time.
Lie #2: I’m busy. Someone once shared with me 15 years ago “Are you busy over something or busy over nothing?” I picture this that some of the “busy” people are like running on the spot or running in small circles, doing a lot of things that does not produce fruit and not accomplishing much. Of course I can be occupied at times and have more things scheduled to finish, but my confession is “I am NOT busy! I have time to do what I need to do” I notice efficient and effective people around me that they are never too busy to serve God! Those who don’t take the extra time to serve God seems to be less fruitful but more “busy”. This is a type of idleness, where you are actually not doing much, but thinking you are. Don’t be deceived!
Lie #3: I don’t know what God’s will is for me. Some of us Christians do NOTHING because we say we don’t know what God wants us to do. Being aimless is NOT God’s will and don’t let that trick you into idleness. I have non-Christians friends who don’t have the Holy Spirit, but they know to visit the sick, cook for others, encourage them, take them out for meals, open and invite others to their homes, help with housework and family, the elderly, children etc… Somehow sometimes when we become born again Christians, we become handicapped in our thinking and don’t know what to do because we don’t know what God wants? That’s a cop-out!
Ecc 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going”
I determine not to live in these lies of idleness, but let’s all do the work of the ministry and fulfill what God wants us to do while we are here on this earth. When you find yourself not knowing what to do or being idle, is there someone you can visit, cook for, invite etc. How about asking your leader what you can help in?