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One of the general problems of the church today is spiritual laziness. The Christian Mission is at stake because only few among Christian circles are submitting themselves in the mission works. This spiritual laziness is affecting the church into a grave scale because even church leaders and pastors are being shaken with its power.

Spiritual Laziness: Defined

Spiritual laziness is a state of apathy and complacency in one’s relationship with God. It is the lack of effort and desire to grow spiritually, resulting in a stagnant and unfruitful Christian life. This condition can be detrimental to the mission of spreading the Gospel and building God’s kingdom on earth.

Causes of Spiritual Laziness

There are several causes of spiritual laziness. Firstly, it can stem from a lack of discipline in practicing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other believers. When these practices are neglected, our spiritual lives become weak and ineffective.

Secondly, spiritual laziness can be the result of worldly distractions and priorities. In today’s fast-paced and materialistic society, it is easy to become consumed with the pursuit of success, wealth, and pleasure. As a result, our focus shifts away from God and His mission.

Effects of Spiritual Laziness in Mission

The effects of spiritual laziness on Christian mission are far-reaching. When believers are spiritually lazy, they are unable to effectively share their faith and make disciples. Their lack of spiritual vitality and passion becomes a stumbling block to others, hindering the growth of the Church.

Overcoming Spiritual Laziness

To overcome spiritual laziness, we must first recognize and acknowledge our complacency. We need to confess our apathy to God and ask for His forgiveness. Next, we must recommit ourselves to spiritual disciplines and prioritize our relationship with God above all else.

Developing a regular prayer and Bible study routine is crucial in overcoming spiritual laziness. Setting aside time each day to commune with God and meditate on His Word will renew our minds and hearts. Additionally, seeking accountability and fellowship with other believers can provide encouragement and support in our spiritual journey.

Lastly, cultivating a heart of gratitude and service is essential in overcoming spiritual laziness. When we recognize God’s love and grace in our lives, we are compelled to share it with others. Engaging in acts of kindness and reaching out to those in need not only blesses others but also ignites a fire within us to fulfill God’s mission.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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