July 27: Idleness

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

(2 Thessalonians 3:6 ESV)

Yesterday, I sat around with a new group of friends, and we chatted for at least 45 minutes about one of our most beloved possessions: Netflix. We discussed the different genres of TV shows we enjoy and the various dramas that have captured the whole world’s attention. It was something we all have in common. Another thing we have in common? We were all Christians. Over the last three years that digital streaming has been part of my life, I have noticed an increased desire to be idle, or lazy. I am often more concerned with finishing a TV show than building the Kingdom of God. And aren’t most of us? Don’t get me wrong, I love my TV shows and I don’t plan on logging off of this computer and deleting my accounts. Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, and anything else that keeps us sitting are not bad things. Yet as believers, verses like this remind us that we must begin holding one another accountable for idleness. We have to remind one another of the lives of our fore-brothers who walked the world for the spread of Jesus’s name. That idleness in any way–watching too much TV, neglecting to share the Gospel, or taking the easy way out at work–is not edifying to our King. Give someone your idleness struggle today, Christian. Let’s let others hold us accountable not for our own betterment, but for the betterment of the Kingdom of God.

Lord, I am so inclined to idleness. I not only want to sit in front of a TV all day, but grow lazy in my work, in my relationships, and in sharing your name. Help me to leave that idleness behind and run after you, Jesus. You are the only one who will replenish my energy.

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