Summary: Laziness is a core issue for most of us.
We started a few weeks talking about what is called “the 7 deadly sins”. An ancient list of core sins that are appetizing to all people everywhere. It was constructed by early Church leaders in the sixth century. Great Christians over the ages have recognized that these particular sins can erode away any spiritual life and so they must be avoided at all cost.
We have used a modern title to describe the sermon series, what happens in Vegas stays in you. Sin is not something you visit then easily leave behind never to repeat again. The sins we commit whether in Las Vegas or Carrollton stay with us and only a spiritual remedy can heal our wayward hearts and minds. Today we look at the sin of sloth. We would call it laziness today.
My mother used to say, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Then she would give me a list of chores to do.
Someone told me about a man who came into a local factory to apply for a job and asked to fill out an application. The manager on duty said, “I’m sorry, I can’t hire you. There just isn’t enough work to keep you busy.” The man said, “Oh, you’d be surprised how little it takes.” (to keep him busy) We all know people who aren’t examples of energy.
Paul warned the readers of Hebrews (6:12). “12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Laziness or sloth is a real problem. We don’t want to admit that. This is a sin seldom admitted by anyone in our society. We brag about other things, but not this one. No one here would ever admit, “Yeh, I look for ways to not do my work on the job.” Sloth is a sin that goes far beyond working 8-5. There is a spiritual idleness that dulls our attention to God and keeps us motionless as Christian coach potatoes that have little or no effect in our community. It is a part of the human sinful nature to avoid labor, physical or spiritual.
I. THE BIBLE LESSONS WE SHOULD REVIEW.
The Bible teaches us that the corresponding virtue to sloth is zeal. That’s the virtue that washes away the sin.
Romans 12 “9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
“Never be lacking in zeal.” That is to be our goal as believers. Some of you might be thinking why do we need this sermon. This is not a realistic problem in our middle American Church. Yet on closer examination we realize that many Christian today are left without any spiritual enthusiasm. Some nominal Christian say they have enough faith to carry them to heaven when they die, but it hasn’t even carried them to church worship in years.
I heard about a small town that had 3 churches in it. A Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist Church. All three had a serious problem with squirrels nesting and living in their church building. So each church met to discuss the problem.