PASTOR DON'S CHRISTIAN ED NOTES
Laziness - How Lives Get Ruined Inch by Inch
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Sunday, February 18, 2007 -

1) THE SIN OF LAZINESS IS NOT MERELY ITS INACTIVITY. IT IS INACTIVITY OUT OF PROPORTION - INACTIVITY WHEN THERE IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

This is the primary difference between laziness and rest. God given rest from work completed is a blessing. But the lazy man (sluggard in Proverbs) has done nothing to earn his rest. Everything he does is geared to maintaining perpetual inactivity:

Proverbs 26:14 - “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”

This is the sluggard on his bed. The only movement is found in which way he faces. He is hinged to it. He never leaves. There is motion but never progress. The obvious point is his inordinate love of rest and sleep. Nothing can budge him from it.

2) LAZINESS BREEDS DISHONESTY BECAUSE THE EXCUSES THE LAZY MAN MUST MANUFACTURE TO AVOID THE WORK AT HAND ARE NOT ONLY ABSURD, THEY ARE DISHONEST

Proverbs 22:13 - “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’”

How can the sluggard not see the stupidity of what he is saying? Other people go to work. They aren’t eaten in the street by lions. What has happened to this lazy man’s mind to concoct such nonsense? Ths sluggard is very much like the fool. Both have stubbornly protected their sins to the point of blindness and bondage:

Proverbs 12:15 - “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Proverbs 26:16 - “The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.”

Like the fool, the sluggard has allowed his sin to become deeply entrenched. Sin always generates moral madness. Excusing it and refusing correction will always produce moral insanity and bondage. See John 8:34 - “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.’”

3) THE THREE TELL-TALE SIGNS OF THE LAZY MAN

a) He is reluctant to set his hand to begin important assignments - Proverbs 6:9-10 - “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? [10] A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.”

We can all imagine this conversation. The inquirer asks perfectly legitimate questions. “How much sleep do you actually need? When do you think you will be able to get up and at it?” But these questions are too pressing and too specific for the sluggard: “Just give me a little bit more rest. I just want to sit back and fold my hands - not all day, but just for a little bit longer.”

But, whether he sees it now or not, such stalling tactics are going to bring drastic, sudden destruction:

Proverbs 6:10-11 - “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, [11] and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

b) The sluggard refuses the discipline to finish and bring to completion things that need wrapping up in his life.

Even if rare spurts of impulse briefly motivate him to start some new venture, he hasn’t the discipline to finish it off. This is the disastrous result of living by impulse rather than by solid character:

Proverbs 12:27 - “Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.”

Proverbs 19:24 - “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.”

c) The sluggard refuses to face tough situations in life - Proverbs 20:4 - “The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.”

Field work is colder in autumn than summer. Everything comes a little more hard won in the fall. This provides the lazy man the excuse he needs to do nothing at all.

4) LESSONS FOR THE LAZY MAN

Proverbs 6:6-8 - “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. [7] Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, [8] she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” There are two ways in which the ant shames the sluggard:

a) The ant is a self-starter - It does its work without supervision (7). The sluggard has never developed this sense of inward (or Godward) accountability.

b) The ant knows the importance of seasonal opportunities - Verse 8 - “...[the ant] prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” Even the ant knows what the lazy man ignores: summer and harvest don’t last forever. You simply must maximize the fruit of them for the long winter ahead. When those hard, cold days come, the ant will eat while the sluggard will beg or starve.