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Sun, Mar 31, 2019

The Peril of Slothfulness

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In the message of last Sunday, the Lord directed us to the ants to learn valuable lessons of Team work, striving for competence, diligence and practice of delayed gratification. All these lessons were meant to make us wise and help us receive insights that will elevate and launch us into greatness in life. In the text, lazy or slothful people were being advised to stop their laziness which would no doubt lead to poverty and demotion in life. Instead, they should tow the path that will lead to their greatness as they learn from the ants. We see clearly in our text that slothfulness is a great enemy of elevation. What then is slothfulness? What are the consequences of being slothful? Let’s go back to our text.
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The Peril of Slothfulness Proverbs 6:9-11 & 10:4

In the message of last Sunday, the Lord directed us to the ants to learn valuable lessons of Team work, striving for competence, diligence and practice of delayed gratification. All these lessons were meant to make us wise and help us receive insights that will elevate and launch us into greatness in life. In the text, lazy or slothful people were being advised to stop their laziness which would no doubt lead to poverty and demotion in life. Instead, they should tow the path that will lead to their greatness as they learn from the ants. We see clearly in our text that slothfulness is a great enemy of elevation. What then is slothfulness? What are the consequences of being slothful? Let’s go back to our text.

Profile of a Lazy Person (v 9) –

i. A lazy person loves a life of ease. It is true, nobody is born to suffer and live a life of struggle, yet we see clearly from the scripture that life of ease, affluence, comfort and luxury are appealing to the lazy people. In the beginning, God assigned work for man to do, to tend the garden. Hence, anyone who does not like to do anything but instead live a life of ease is a lazy person.

ii. A Lazy person wastes opportunities – opportunities come but once; the ants see the opportunity of gathering and storing food in summer, but not the lazy people. Lazy people don't recognise opportunity since they don’t prepare for it, hence when it comes, they either miss or waste it.

iii. A lazy person abuses the gift of God and takes for granted the grace of God. Ability to sleep is a gift from God; Bible says God gives His beloved sleep. However, a lazy person abuses the gift and grace of God by just sleeping and never get ready to work.

iv. A lazy person does the right thing at the wrong time – Ability to enjoy (pleasure) is also a gift from God (Eccl. 8:5.) However, pleasure (sleep) is good, only after labour, work and toil. It is only a lazy person that will sleep when he ought to work. (Prov. 21:17)

v. A lazy person keeps dormant the gift and grace of God upon His life.

vi. A lazy person does not value time; hence he wastes it by his procrastination.

Pertinent Question for lazy people (v 9) – How long will you remain idle? When will you wake up or arise from your sleep? No one should be idle; idleness is a sign of laziness and evidence of wasting life. Laziness is a sign of a crippled life. When will you rise from a crippled life? When will you get out of mental, spiritual and economic laziness?

Pitiable End of lazy people (v 11) – Laziness brings poverty and want. Poverty means lack and deficiency- mental, spiritual, character and economic or material deficiency while want means insatiable desires and wishes. Laziness robs people of their reputation, character, personality and glory. A lazy person is a disgrace to himself and to God, as well as a burden to himself, family and the church. Are you a lazy person? God desires that you change from your pitiable path and become wise. 

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