I don’t like being idle, it makes me anxious. I get the feeling, “I should be doing something.”
God is not a fan of idleness.
Idle Words: Matthew 12:36 “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.”
Idle Lives: Proverbs 19:15 Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us.”
2 Thessalonians 3:7 “For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you.”
2 Thessalonians 3:11 “Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.”
Idleness is “doing nothing when you should be doing something” and often stems from not having a specific goal or purpose in mind. With no goal, we can be easily distracted and led into sin. If we have nothing to do, the devil is all too eager to find things to occupy our time.
1 Timothy 5:13 “They get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.
Idleness is not the same as rest. The Bible advises us to take breaks from work and to enter into His rest. Rest for His purposes.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Instead of wasting time doing nothing or very little while moving aimlessly through life, redeem your time wisely.
Ephesians 5:16-17 “So be careful how you live. Live as men who are wise and not foolish. Make the best use of your time. These are sinful days. Do not be foolish. Understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
Colossians 4:5-6 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
So how do we overcome idleness? By following Jesus’ example.
Jesus was all about doing His Father’s business.
Luke 2:49 “And He said unto them, “How is it that ye sought Me? Knew ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?”
……….., and so should we. There is work to be done for the Kingdom.
- Share the Gospel
- Read/study/meditate on the Word of God
- Pray for others
- Call and check on a friend
- Text or send a card to a friend
Do everything for the glory of God and the good of others.