Nowadays, many Christians find themselves complaining more about the trials than seeking God diligently. Something we have to understand is that Christianity is not a religion, it is a life style of seeking God diligently. It is a conscious choice of complete dependence on the word of God. In this end times, we cannot become lazy with the things of God. Too many believers are taking the Mercy and Grace of the almighty God for granted. Remember that many are called but few are chosen, so the time when God use to chase people like Jonah is long gone. The bible says in Exodus 15:26 “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
- Proverbs 13:4 says “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Sluggard is a lazy Christian.
- Romans 12:11 says “not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;”
This therefore shows us how important it is to stay diligent in Christ, which means careful and persistent work or effort towards the things of God. Believers who have ignored or derailed from this scriptures are considered lazy. There are several characteristics of lazy Christians found in the body of Christ today, which deeply griefs the Holy Spirit. For example, watch the video below to understand.
- Those who don’t go to church; those who don’t study the word; those who don’t pray (long prayer)/worship/praise God daily.
- Those who are ashamed of being looked as a born again; those who are always looking for others to pray for them. Those who don’t like to talk about God with others.
- Constantly complaining about the devil affecting them even in situations where it is clearly their doing.
- Those who are always sleeping; physically lazy even with their own home/work/relationships.
- Those who pay more attention to television shows than spend time in the presence of God. Those who question everything to the point of doubts.
- Those that constantly Procrastination.
When we study the word, we gain healing, gain clarity, get directions, increase in faith, and renew our minds because Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We gain knowledge required to excel or get out of the situations we find ourselves at times. Scriptures say “my people perish for lack of knowledge” therefore, we cannot expect a change if we are not ready to do what it takes according to God’s word. Joshua 1:8 says “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” With all these in mind, we have to strive to become diligent Christians and avoid becoming lazy because there are several consequences for laziness in Christ; such as Spiritual stagnation, increase in spiritual battles, no manifestation of gifts, wilderness experiences constantly, rebellion, doubts, fear, unbelief, and eventual rejection from the most-high God. The Lord Jesus warns in Luke 13:24-28 saying
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
Proverbs 6:9-11 says “How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”– Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.”
PLEASE DON’T BE A LAZY CHRISTIAN!! WAKE UP FROM SLUMBER!!!