Sin of Negligence

My sons, be not now negligent: for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense. 2 Chronicles 29:11

I once asked my teenage bible study class what sin they may have committed which is due to negligence and they could not tell me any; then I asked them another again, have they been in trouble in school? The answer was obvious they have somewhere been punished for forgetting, being late, not doing their assignments and many other reasons. All of them are due to negligence. Negligence does not lead to anything good therefore it is sinful to be negligent. E.G. White states in her book, Christ’s Object Lessons p.358, “Habits of negligence should be resolutely overcome. Many think it a sufficient excuse for the grossest errors to plead forgetfulness . . . It is a sin to forget, a sin to be negligent. If you form a habit of negligence, you may neglect your own soul’s salvation and at last find that you are unready for the kingdom of God.”

It calls for carefulness to overcome the temptation of negligence in all aspects of life, it needs our attention at all times to be aware of tendencies to neglect important things, it begins with small matters of life but soon it becomes a habit to neglect everything in life. This habit leads to a dangerous outcome in life now and it can be our determining factor for our salvation on judgement. While that may be individual behavior, it can endanger others as well; as parent your negligence can cause your child to be wayward.

God wants you to be responsible people, that is why He gave man work to do, responsibility over His creation. Not doing as God instructed is to be careless, that by itself is negligence. God would view this as rebellious spirit, it is negligence to do things our way and not the way God wants, it undermines God’s will. We have become grossly negligent in many ways, in taking up responsibilities for our families, refusing the call for us to take up certain responsibilities in our churches, or accepting them but not get them done, misusing our resources carefully and responsibly a do the list is endless. Examine your conduct to see if there are elements of negligence and take them to God for forgiveness and strength to overcome them. 

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard.” Hebrews 2:3


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