Family School at Faith Baptist Church
Week 4 Study: The Diligent Vs the Slothful
Are you slothful or diligent?
You may believe that you are not slothful based on your past works, your former prayer life, and the way you used to serve God with a glad heart, but do you still live for God both externally (Works) and internally (Prayer, and PERSONAL study of His Word)
Just because you are diligent to DO something thing does not mean that you ARE a diligent person.
Are we commanded to not be slothful by Gods word?
Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
(Heb 6:10) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
(Heb 6:11) And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
(Heb 6:12) That ye BE NOT slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Parable of the slothful servant:
The slothful and the lion: Proverbs 22:13
The vineyard of the slothful: Proverbs 24:30-32
Always learn from the experiences, actions, and lives of others, like those you met while giving out scripture ate the U of M, and Tigers games
A description of the slothful: Proverbs 26:14-16
Ever know a person who can watch professional sports and always somehow be smarter that those playing, “What a moron he should have ran THAT play”
Ever try to explain to a sluggard that, that is the reason you don’t trust him to do something? Always an excuse or reason but the job never gets done. (Like Brother Gould’s character in the Christmas play) Like Proverbs 26:16 the sluggard is wise in his own conceits.
More descriptions of the slothful: Proverbs 19:24, 18:9, 15:19, 12:27, 12:24, 20:4
One of the worst attributes of the slothful man is that he is unreliable both to men and God.
Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
Warning from Solomon on slothfulness
(Pro 24:33) Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
(Pro 24:34) So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
What can the slothful do?
A Pastor/Youth Pastors verse on diligence
Proverbs 27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
The reward of diligence
Proverbs 22:29, 13:4, 10:4
What you want said about you.
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
The most important area of diligence
“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
So what we can see from Gods word about the sloth is…Get out of bed, off the couch, or out of the chair and serve God!
Jeffrey S. Lynn
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