2 Thess. 3:6-12 New International Version (NIV)
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to workshall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.
Jesus has appointed believers to be His ambassadors to a lost and dying world. Whenever we interact with our friends, relatives, neighbours, or co-workers, we are to represent Him in our word and deed. God expects us to be diligent and faithful in our work. However, in our pleasure-seeking culture, it’s very easy to slip into laziness. This is in fact a sin, and it can harm our witness for Christ, waste our time and gifts that the Lord has given us, and also damage our relationships with others. Others may label such a person as unreliable, undependable, and untrustworthy.
Procrastination is the first sign of laziness. When we tell someone that we will take action and delay the starting time, we are procrastinating. Or we may begin something but hesitate to finish it. A believer will also be a poor testimony if he carries out responsibilities in a haphazard manner. We should neither be neglectful regarding the needs of others as we carry out our duties.
A believer in Christ shouldn’t be irresponsible in his deeds. If you realise that you have become lazy in some area of your life, confess to the Lord, ask forgiveness, and strive to be industrious for Him trusting in His grace.