6/6/15 Sabbath Daytona SDB Church Pastor Wray sermon “The Landmine of Slothfulness”

Mar 2, 2014
Daytona Beach, FL
6/6/15 Sabbath Daytona SDB Church Pastor Wray sermon “The Landmine of Slothfulness” II Thess. 3:6-9

Sloth is a word used to refer to laziness. Laziness is one of the 7 deadly sins. Sloth: Spiritual/emotional apathy. Neglecting what God said, being inactive. Not engaged in anything, refusal or carless in doing one’s obligations. Sloth can also indicate a wasting due to a lack of use is a person, place, thing or skill. The lack of use deteriorates your ability.
The Bible says that when we are idle then Satan enters in. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Thru inactivity, one invites the desire to sin. We need work! Old folk used to say the idle mind is indeed the devil’s workshop. Laziness is not considered becoming in most traditional customs. Work is not a curse but a gift from God! God wants us to express our creativity and to glorify Him. God wants us to work with enthusiasm. God calls them sluggards that don’t work with enthusiasm.
The word dejection is sometimes used for the word sloth. God wants the worker to show effort, not be a sluggard. Be diligent in your work. Slothfulness is a landmine that can mess with our Christianity. (Prov. 6:6-9, Eph. 2:8, Phil. 2:3, Col. 3:23, I Peter 4:10) Each of us is to use our gift to serve others. There are several cautions against slothfulness:
1. If you don’t want to work then you should not eat! II Thess. 3:10: We are to glorify God with excellence in all that we do!

2. Slothful individuals are easy to recognize: The lazy lifestyle, procrastination, finding excuses, avoiding work and wasting time. Being neglectful and careless. This is the last person you would count on to do something. They never think of the future. God regards slothfulness and laziness as a rebellion against Him. God says it’s a sin of wastefulness. God wants us to do everything as work done for Him. Whenever we work, we are to give it our very best.

3. Slothfulness has consequences: We reap what we sow. You will reap a terrible harvest. It creates problems like trouble at work, at home. Trouble in every area of your life. Slothfulness gives pressure, stress and financial problems. Slothfulness causes pain, physical pain because their health is neglected.

4. Poverty: The sluggard has poverty because they didn’t take care of their business. They didn’t do their best for God. We should carry out every task with joy and zeal.

To stop being a sluggard and slothful believer:
1. Get Up!
2. Get up and Go to Work!
3. Work Diligently!
Whatever we do, work heartedly as for the Lord and not for man. The Lord will reward us our inheritance thru Jesus Christ. We should do our best no matter the circumstances. In all that we do, do it unto the Lord Himself, the one that we are serving. When we understand the work God has given us to do, it will change our attitude. Productivity brings a pleasing reward both now and in the future.
God will bless us now and later. On Judgment Day, God will say “Well done my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will put you over many things. Come and share you Master’s happiness.