Is procrastination a sin? - Procrastination - TouchPoints

Is procrastination a sin?

Proverbs 12:24Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Proverbs 24:30-34I walked by the field of a lazy person . . . I saw that it was overgrown . . . its walls were broken down. . . . I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit.

Romans 12:11Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

James 4:1717 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Procrastination fits among the sins of omission. We often think of sin as doing something we should not do, but sin is also the failure to do what we should. The Bible calls laziness a sin, and procrastination is the precursor to laziness. The more you procrastinate, the less time you have to help and serve others. The cure for procrastination is purpose. Purpose is finding a greater reason and motivation for doing something you know you should, but don’t really want to. Purpose requires courage; you must confront yourself or the enemy, and have the discipline to say no to what distracts you from your purpose. Don’t let procrastination lead you into sin.


Add some about procrastination as it relates to depression. It can also be a ploy of Satan, or oppression, to keep us from doing the work God assigns us.