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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SOME LAZY LESSONS

21 Jun

                   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES TEACH US ABOUT LAZINESS

 

Intro.

 
1. God has always intended for man to be engaged in meaningful labor, Gen. 2:15; Col. 3:23; 1 Ths. 4:10-11; 2 Ths. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:8 – Diligence, as unto Lord, honestly, to provide for self & others.
 
2. Lazy: “Not eager or willing to work or exert oneself, slothful…slow & heavy; sluggish.”
 
3. Are we lazy? At our secular jobs? At our spiritual work? (Rom. 12:11)
 
 
 
I. JESUS WAS NOT A LAZY PERSON.
 
A. He Understood the Work Given Him, Jno. 4: 34-35 (Lk. 19:10).
 
1. Understanding it, He urged seizing it!
 
2. cf. Servant, Mk. 10:45.
 
B. He Was Driven To Do His Work, Jno. 9:4.
 
1. Couldn’t meet crowds, instruct apostles, confront many enemies, etc. & be lazy!
 
2. Gospel of Mark (action) – “Straightway.”
 
3. He was compelled to do what had to be done:
 
a. Didn’t wait until He “felt like working.”
 
b. Until “everything was just right.”
 
4. These excuses breed complacency, procrastination & laziness!
 
 
 
II. LAZY LESSONS.
 
A. Prov. 6:6-11: Can Keep from being Lazy by Watching and Learning how Others Work.
 
1. v. 6 – Cf. the industry of the ant.
 
a. v. 7 – Self-starter (No prodding needed).
 
b. v. 8 – Uses time wisely for future needs.
 
2. v. 9-10 – Sluggard stays in bed too long!
 
3. v. 11 – Leads to poverty & want.
 
4. Spiritually: Learn spiritual work by watching those who do it! Phil. 4:9
 
a. Self-starters, using time wisely (Eph. 5:16). 1 Cor. 9:25-27
 
b. Don’t lie down on the job – Deprived of spiritual. blessings! 1 Tim. 4:12
 
B. Prov. 19:15: Idleness Breeds Laziness.
 
1. Many get used to not working – like it!
 
2. Without exertion & labor, hunger comes.
 
3. Spiritually: Can condition ourselves to be satisfied with idleness!
 
a. Exercise yourself, 1 Tim. 4:7.
 
b. Don’t be content….Grow! Heb. 5:12-14
 
c. Develop eagerness! Jno. 9:4 (Rom. 13:11; Eph. 5:14).
 
C. Prov. 12:24: The Lazy Man will Always be Controlled by Others.
 
1. With little effort to provide for himself & his own, he becomes subject to the control of others.
 
2. Spiritually: Laziness makes us susceptible to being controlled spiritually:
 
a. False teachers, Jude 3 (1 Jno. 4:1).
 
b. Other’s convictions – Just following w/o resolve, faith & grounding!
 
c. By sin, 2 Ths. 3:11; 1 Tim. 5:13.
 
d. Be diligent! 2 Tim. 2:15
 
D. Prov. 18:9: Laziness Wastes One’s Life and Opportunities.
 
1. Prov. 24:30-34 (Field, vineyard) Advantages were neglected & squandered!
 
2. How many lives destroyed by laziness!
 
3. Spiritually: We must be good stewards of the blessings we have been given!
 
a. Trustworthiness, 1 Cor. 4:2.
 
b. Lk. 16:1-2, 9-12 – Having been entrusted with the gospel & salvation, we must dispense it in a worthy fashion.
 
E. Prov. 21:25: Laziness Produces Nothing Beneficial, While Industry Brings Results.
 
1. Lazy man sits around dreaming of gold & silver, but gets nothing! (get rich quick schemes, etc.). The industrious person gets busy & does what is needed.
 
2. Spiritually: We must get busy to improve our spiritual condition!
 
a. Personally, 1 Pet. 2:1-2 (2 Tim. 2:15) – Knowledge, teaching, exhorter, etc.
 
b. Church growth, Acts 8:4.
 
F. Prov. 22:13: If You Don’t Want to Work, any Excuse is Good Enough!
 
1. Spiritually: Don’t look for excuses not to work for the Lord! Acts 24:25
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
God has given us meaningful work in the kingdom – must not be lazy toward our work, 1 Cor. 15:58.
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