Four observations and concerns about you among us this morning who are lazy, the slothful and the sluggard to use Bible terminology.
1A. First, THE APTITUDE OF THE LAZY
2A. Second, THE ACTIONS OF THE LAZY
Let me quickly review just a few of the characteristics of a lazy person’s feeble attempts at work:
Proverbs 6.6: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard.” Ants are organized. Lazy people are oftentimes disorganized.
Proverbs 10.26: “As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.” The lazy person is incompetent and unfaithful, but not because he’s not bright. Because he is lazy.
Proverbs 12.27: “The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting.” Might the lazy man be the one who likes taking credit that belongs to someone else, because he won’t work hard enough to earn his own compliments?
Proverbs 13.4: “The soul of the sluggard desireth.” The lazy person is ambitious, without wanting to prepare or put in the time to earn what he wants. He may want the big bucks without wanting to get a good education.
Proverbs 18.9: “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.” Though it may be a lazy man who looks hardest for an easier way to get a job done, once he is actually doing work he is inefficient and wasteful.
Proverbs 20.4: “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold.” Excuses for failure.
These are certainly not all of the characteristics associated with laziness, but some patterns do emerge.
Third, THE ATTITUDE OF THE LAZY
Finally, LAZINESS IS A TERRIBLE OBSTACLE TO CONVERSION