Yesterday, Pete came home after attending a talk at our church about the deadly sin “Sloth.” I immediately said to him, “Oh yes, the deadly sin that we all think we aren’t guilty of, yet we SO are.” I think most of us would say there are days that we lay around and feel guilty about it, but for the most part, we are hardworking, busy people right? I know I would say that I am FAR from lazy on most days, because my kids and their activities keep me on the go. My housework overwhelms me at times. So, sloth is one of those sins that I wouldn’t even think twice about. I might even check it off my list of sins to work on. STOP. RIGHT. THERE. Oh no, I am not checking any sin off my list. As Pete continued to explain, sloth does not just mean physical laziness – it means spiritual laziness. How many times have I skipped bible study because I was just too exhausted from my household duties or work? How many times have I not gone to my church choir rehearsal for those very same reasons? How many times have I foregone taking my kids to Sunday School because we had a late night on Saturday? I am squirming just thinking about the spiritual sloth that I have shown in life. It is scary.
My life as my kids have grown has just become busier and busier. I thought I was making choices that would ease my burdens, but I was choosing to cut out “stuff” that would have spiritually revived me. I cut off the very lifeline that would have energized me when I felt overwhelmed with my obligations. Oh man, I was making some really bad choices. Not only for me, but for my kids spiritual growth. Dang.
Spiritual sloth is so easy to be complacent about. We can go through life making really bad choices about our spiritual enrichment and be okay with it. We can make ourselves think we are choosing to eliminate things in our life so we are less busy in order to make life a little saner, but when those eliminations are spiritual enrichers we are making a BIG mistake. I know. I do this all the time. I can never understand why I don’t feel any better when I eliminate what I think are burdens from my life (but in all actuality are energizers). God is the only one who can lift us up and give us energy to get through a busy, hectic day. We are powerless. God is omnipotent.
My family life is only going to demand more and more of my time. With that demand, I must find a way to place God in my life daily. I must find a way to grow spiritually – and I am not just talking about attending church every Sunday. I have to find a way to fill my cup, so that I can go out and be Christ to others. Spiritual sloth is a deadly sin because it is just that – deadly to our soul. It can sneak up upon us so quickly: leading to depression and discontentment with life. Fill your cup with Christ. Cut out the right “stuff” when you are eliminating burdens in life. Don’t make the mistake (like I did) of cutting out Christ. He is your lifeline to joy and fulfillment.
Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.