Spiritual Inertia

The scientific law of inertia says that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at rest tends to stay at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force. This law not only applies to the physical world, but also to spirituality.

Proverbs 19:15, 16 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. He who keeps the commandments keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.

One of the things that plagues many Christians is spiritual laziness, and this keeps them in a deep sleep, spiritually. I have been guilty of falling into this trap, which is why I have not posted anything in a while. I work long hours at times, at a job that is somewhat stressful, plus I tend to be a low energy person. I allowed this to be my excuse for being overly lazy when I was at home. Instead of spending some time in the Word of God and communication with God, I came home and vegetated in front of the computer, scrolling through Facebook and not really giving any heed to my spiritual walk. I had become an object at spiritual rest. This does not mean that I had fallen away from the faith, but merely that I was lazy about it.


When you are spiritually lazy, weeds will spring up in your garden. In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable about four types of soil. With one type, weeds spring up resulting in choking out spiritual fruit. This is a dangerous place to be, for it can choke your life to the point where you cease to be fruitful. Jesus warned in John 15 that any branch in Him that does not bear fruit will be cast out as a branch and burned in the fire.

Weeds are not merely the concerns about daily living, or just the tiredness that comes with living. You also become blind to areas where you are not keeping the commandments God has given you. In other words, you become blind to areas of sin in your life or stop engaging in spiritual warfare against those areas. Hebrews says to lay aside the sin that so easily entangles like wild vines, and press on toward the goal. Get moving.

I said earlier that many Christians are in this spiritual place in their lives. They go to church and worship God, but when they are home they do not keep pressing toward the goal, but just live like the rest of the world. Perhaps they were on fire for God at one point, but got comfortable in the faith and stopped pursuing righteousness. Or maybe they trusted in Christ for salvation, but never really looked into the Word to find out what it means to be a Believer, what God expects from us as His children, how to grow to spiritual maturity. Or maybe, like me, they just got so busy with life in this world that they found excuses for spiritual laziness.

The thing about spiritual laziness is that it puts you into a deep sleep – you are largely unaware just how unfruitful you have become, or how many weeds have sprung up in your garden. You go to church, you pray before meals, but are oblivious to the fact that you are not really worshiping God or genuinely communicating with Him. In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus describes several types of church. One type thinks they are alive, but they are really dead. Other church types have some good things, but also have serious problems such as spiritual adultery. One of the root causes for their issues is spiritual laziness. They may be active in good works, but they are still spiritually idle – they are not pursuing God and His Word, merely works.

You see, God’s Word is like a mirror through which we can examine ourselves. It is a lamp to our feet, showing us the direction we must go, the path before us. It is water that washes us from the filth of the world system as we go on our journey. It is the full counsel of God, and we need to get into the Word to keep from going astray, to see the weeds in our garden so we can pull them.

Those who are lazy will suffer hunger, rather than be filled. Matthew 5 says that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled, but you cannot be filled if you are lazy – there will be no fruit to fill you. Some of the fruits of the Spirit include joy and peace. If you diligently seek to enter His rest, you will have these fruits manifest in your heart, even in the midst of trials. But if you are spiritually idle, you will suffer hunger, you will not have these fruits.

Our key verses say that he who keeps the commandments keeps his soul. Those who pursue the righteousness of God will be filled, will find fulfillment. But the one who is careless about or despises His way will die.


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1 Response to Spiritual Inertia

  1. The Smiling Pilgrim says:

    Good quote, I think laziness is something pretty widespread.

    In the Christian community we definitely have it were people don’t really want to delve into deep retreats or giving everything to the other.


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