Deadly Sin and Heavenly Virtue
"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31
- What fun is that?
- I shouldn’t have to do it.
- This is boring.
- Do I have to say my prayers?
- I’ll do it, I’ll do it!
- Why does Mom always have to be such a nag?
- Hang on mom, I'll do it after.
- I don't feel like it.
- I'll do it tomorrow?
When your parents ask you to do them a favor or help out around the house, they don't want to give you an extra 15 minutes to finish that last level of Super Mario Brothers. It may be easy for you to see how your dad never gets around to do what he promised you, but do you see the same sin in your own life? Did you know that when you are lazy, you are committing acts of selfishness, extreme arrogance and irresponsiblity?
You may put off making commitments and living life to the fullest. You may have every excuse in the book, "When I get out of school, then I'll commit my life to God" or "As soon as I have some money, my life will change." You may have no time to even think or listen. We know what God wants us to do, but we pause and make an excuse. You shouldn't make excuses and waste you life by putting off the important long-term priorities for the less important short-term ones. You need to hear God’s will and hear what others need. You may need to give advice or listen instead of talking. You might need to listen and rest instead of being on the move. You have a responsibility to God to make use of the gifts He has given to you.
You need to put God first in your life instead of filling your life up with so much busyness or activities where you don’t have anything left over for God. Otherwise, this may lead you into temptations and give you no time to serve others. If you fill your life with things that are not important or are low priority commitments, you don’t even have the energy left for those closest to you. You shouldn't waste time or effort on things that don’t really matter. You should not be lazy about making, maintaining or deepening relationships since these are the things that you should value and give your effort toward. So take action in the present moment and spend your time more wisely in loving and serving God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength. God has called you. He has something for you to do. How are you spending your time? Are you productively making a positive difference with your life? Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can choose to make it a wonderful day with God. So rise up and do it!