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