12 Time Wasting Thieves

by Richard Baxter

“Redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5

“That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way.” Colossians 1:10

Thief 1. One of the greatest time-wasting sins, consists of idleness or sloth.

Thief 2. The next thief or time-waster, is excess of sleep.

Thief 3. Another time-waster, is an inordinate adorning of the body.

Thief 4. Another time-wasting thief, is unnecessary pomp and extravagance in household furniture and domestic entertainments.

Thief 5. Another time-wasting sin, is needless feastingsgluttony, and drinking.

Thief 6. Another time-waster, is idle talk.

Thief 7. Another thief which would steal your time, is vain and sinful company.

Thief 8. Another notorious time-wasting thief, is needless, inordinate sports and games–which are masked with the deceitful title of recreations.

Thief 9. Another time-wasting thief, is excess of worldly cares and business.

Thief 10. Another time-waster, is vain, ungoverned and sinful thoughts.

Thief 11. Another dangerous time-wasting sin, is the reading of worthless books, plays, romances, and novels. And alsounprofitable studies, undertaken but for pride and vain-glory, or the pleasing of a carnal or curious mind.

Thief 12. But the master-thief that robs men of their time, is an unsanctified, ungodly heart; for this loses time, whatever men are doing–because they never intend to do anything for the glory of God.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do–do it all for the glory of God!” 1 Corinthians 10:31

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  1. Oomph. Tough one, JD! This definitely stirred a little defensiveness in my heart, which definitely indicates some guilt and sin of time-wasting in my life.

  2. Whew! Tell me about. Believe me, this first poked my eye before I posted it. Most times I need something this sharp to awaken me to sinfulness in my life.

    • Caleb Billingsley
    • May 20th, 2011

    I love this list. I love it because I see myself all over it and find conviction. “O that I may never loiter in my heavenly journey” – David Brainerd.

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