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November 10, 2018
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The Lazy Life of the Couch Potato Part 1

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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: That's behind the thought of our verse,
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  • not lacking in diligence, "Fervent in spirit."
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  • Do you know that means?
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  • It means "enthusiasm to the boiling point,"
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  • "enthusiasm to the boiling point."
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  • Or better translation, "red hot, boiling over."
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  • You can only do that if you're serving the Lord.
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  • Skip: We are probably all familiar with the term
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  • in our culture, "couch potato."
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  • Also known as "sofa spud," somebody who is unmotivated,
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  • not active, one who would spend, presumably,
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  • most of his or her time watching television.
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  • There's even a website I've found called "Couch Potato."
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  • And the website is an open-source service
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  • to download free movies.
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  • So, they will add to your couch potato experience.
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  • They're endorsing couch potatoism to its fullest degree.
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  • You can get free movies.
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  • Some of you, sadly, are actually writing that down right now.
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  • "Wow, free movies."
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  • If so, there are a few things
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  • every couch potato will understand.
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  • That is, first of all, the desperation you feel
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  • when you realize you've lost your remote.
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  • The panic that ensues when you realize your phone battery just
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  • dropped below 20% and your charger is all the way upstairs.
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  • Contemplating using your shirt as a Kleenex in order
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  • to avoid going and getting one.
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  • That's just outright gross.
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  • The amount of concentration that it takes to balance
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  • a plate of food on your stomach.
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  • The pure joy you feel when you first realize
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  • you could have your groceries delivered.
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  • "You mean I don't have to actually get up
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  • and go to the store?
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  • They'll bring them to me?" New revelation.
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  • And finally, the absolute nightmare when
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  • your cable or Internet goes out.
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  • What do you call the children of a couch potato?
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  • Tater tots. Okay, enough of that nonsense.
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  • We do wanna get serious, and that is because the Bible
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  • addresses this subject head on.
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  • In fact, little known fact, that one of the sins
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  • for which God judged Sodom is the sin of laziness,
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  • according to Ezekiel 16:49.
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  • It is called, in the New King James, "The abundance
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  • of idleness," the abundance of idleness.
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  • "Laziness" goes by an older term, the word "sloth."
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  • And that's an intriguing word because the word "sloth" shows
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  • up on an ancient list of sins that predates white collar sins,
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  • and the list is called, "The seven deadly sins."
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  • The seven deadly sins before the TV show, "Seven Deadly Sins,"
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  • there was actually, 600 AD, a list compiled by
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  • the Catholic Church called "seven deadly sins."
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  • And they were also known as "capital vices."
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  • They were also known as "cardinal sins."
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  • And those are the sins of pride, greed, lust,
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  • envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.
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  • Now, the way the church postured these is these are simply
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  • excessive versions of natural desires.
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  • Everybody has natural tendencies, temptations,
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  • desires, but when you take them to this extreme,
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  • they become capital vices.
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  • That list of seven deadly sins was first compiled
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  • by Pope Gregory 1 in 600 AD, and interestingly, the church,
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  • for a while, taught these are sins that you
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  • could not be forgiven for.
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  • They were unforgivable sins.
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  • Of course, we know that is nonsense because Jesus said,
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  • "Every manner of sin a man can be forgiven for, except for one,
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  • and that is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Because it is sin, it is therefore forgivable.
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  • That's the whole point of Jesus's coming.
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  • But we've done a series, we've embarked, starting last week,
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  • on a series called "White Collar Sins."
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  • Last week was more introductory, and now we're kind of getting
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  • more specific, and we will for the next few weeks.
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  • "White Collar Sins," what do we mean by that?
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  • We mean "respectable sins."
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  • We mean the category that most people would say,
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  • "Well, they're not that bad.
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  • We wouldn't really regard them as sin,
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  • even though you can call them that."
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  • Most people in our culture, even in our Christian culture,
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  • may not see them as serious, things like gossip, selfishness,
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  • bitterness, anger, gluttony, prayerlessness, and envy.
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  • Today, we talk about laziness.
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  • And we do so because social scientists have been observing
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  • cultures, and our culture included, and they have noted
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  • that Americans are becoming addicted, their words,
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  • "Addicted to entertainment and leisure."
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  • So, I don't think we have to belabor that.
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  • We understand we live in the day and age of binge watching, and
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  • it seems like we increasingly find the need to have a screen
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  • ever before us, even while we drive on the roads.
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  • You know, there's always that little screen.
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  • We gotta have that out there, so we've become addicted
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  • to entertainment and leisure.
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  • We're looking at the book of Proverbs, and Proverbs
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  • chapter 6 and 24 deal with this, though there
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  • are many other Scriptures that deal with it.
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  • But interestingly, the book of Proverbs especially,
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  • because 19 different verses in the book of Proverbs deal
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  • with the issue of sloth or laziness.
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  • A word about Proverbs.
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  • They're written by Solomon, and they're put in proverbial,
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  • proverb, form.
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  • I've always looked at Proverbs as short statements that
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  • take the place of long explanations.
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  • So, they are axioms. They are epigrams.
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  • They are aphorisms. They are sayings.
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  • They are short statements that take the place
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  • of long explanations.
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  • Or a better way to look at them is they're short sayings
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  • based on long experience.
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  • Solomon writes these based on experience,
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  • but it's more than just good advice.
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  • It's God's advice. It is part of holy Scripture.
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  • So, what I wanna do is give you today four fundamentals about
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  • laziness: what it is, what it isn't, what it does,
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  • and what it needs, or how it's fixed.
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  • So, let's begin with what laziness is.
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  • Let's just look at what the Scripture has
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  • to say about this topic.
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  • We begin in Proverbs chapter 6, look at verse 6:
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  • "Go to the ant, you sluggard!"
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  • That's an introduction.
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  • "Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain,
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  • overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer,
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  • and gathers her food in the harvest.
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  • How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
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  • When will you rise from your sleep?
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  • A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding
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  • of the hands to sleep--so shall your poverty come on
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  • you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man."
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  • Now, at this point, some of us are shifting a little bit,
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  • getting a little uncomfortable with the text itself.
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  • Let's look at now Proverbs 24, verse 30: "I went by the filed
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  • of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid
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  • of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
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  • its surface was covered with nettles;
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  • its stone wall was broken down.
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  • When I saw it, I considered it well; and I looked on it
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  • and received instruction: a little sleep, a little slumber,
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  • a little folding of the hands to rest."
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  • It's like the chorus of the same song.
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  • "And so shall your poverty come unto you like a prowler,
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  • and your need like an armed man."
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  • Now, two different proverbs, two different texts,
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  • but dealing with the same idea.
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  • In Proverbs chapter 6, Solomon is giving a direct challenge
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  • to a lazy person to go out and observe and learn.
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  • He's given him the dispatch to go examine nature and
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  • the industriousness of creatures in God's creation.
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  • Can I just say, "Good luck"?
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  • Good luck at having success telling a lazy person to go out
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  • and learn something like that.
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  • But he does.
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  • And the point being is that God's creation
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  • ought to be a classroom.
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  • You and I could be able to go outside and up to a point, look
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  • around and notice the order of things and the regularity
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  • with which things occur, and some of the elements in nature,
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  • and that will gives us lessons.
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  • Like David said in Psalm 19:
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  • "The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • The firmament shows his handiwork."
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  • But in this case, Solomon is not like David, saying, "Look up."
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  • He's saying, "Look down."
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  • David said, "Look up at the stars."
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  • Solomon says, "Look down at the ants.
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  • Consider this highly industrious, very organized
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  • creature called the ant."
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  • Now, when I was a boy, we used to--I had three older brothers.
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  • We did many things with ants and to ants.
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  • I don't need to describe what those things are
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  • that boys often do.
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  • But it was amazing looking down at 'em.
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  • It was like lookin' at a little city of very busy,
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  • organized--you know, they're carryin' things.
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  • They're doin' things. They're goin' places.
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  • It was just amazing.
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  • And did you ever have an ant farm?
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  • Did you ever have those little pieces of glass,
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  • those two panes of glass, and you put sand between 'em,
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  • and you put ants in 'em, and you can watch them
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  • burrowing down and making their little tunnels,
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  • and then making chambers and building garrisons?
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  • And what Solomon is doing is praising them
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  • for their work ethic.
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  • They don't have a ruler. Nobody tells them what to do.
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  • They're just doin' it.
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  • Now, there's a little bit of humor that I picked up here.
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  • Solomon, according to chapter 1,
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  • is writing the book of Proverbs for his son.
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  • And I don't know, but maybe Solomon had a lazy son
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  • who wouldn't pick up his room, and mom and dad always
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  • had to say, "Pick up your room.
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  • Clean up your room."
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  • But here he goes, "Go to the ant, you sluggard!
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  • Nobody tells them what to do,
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  • but they're pickin' up their rooms."
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  • So, there's a little bit of rub that I kind of hint from that.
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  • That's Proverbs 6.
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  • Now, in Proverbs 24, it's Solomon's personal
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  • experience of he's on a journey.
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  • He's going down the road.
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  • And he glances over, and he notices something that
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  • is very different in the landscape that is around him.
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  • There are fields around him on this journey,
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  • but here's one particular vineyard and field of
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  • a lazy man, and it's overgrown with weeds.
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  • It is unproductive.
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  • And Solomon says that in that encounter, he himself learned
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  • something from the experience, and that is that lack
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  • of diligence leads to poverty.
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  • Why that man didn't work the field, we don't know, but one
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  • of the things we do know is that there are two seasons of rain
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  • in ancient Israel: the winter and the spring,
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  • the early rain and the latter rain.
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  • The best time to work the fields is right after the rains when
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  • the ground is soft, but maybe the lazy man got up and said,
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  • "It's too cold out there," so he misses the opportunity
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  • because of his laziness, and the ground becomes unproductive.
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  • Now, in chapter 6, the first passage we looked at,
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  • there's a noun given to this person, and it's
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  • used twice, and what is that word?
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  • "Sluggard." "Go to the ant, you sluggard!"
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  • Even the name itself sounds really bad.
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  • The Hebrew words it "atsel," and it means "slug-like, sluggish,
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  • unmotivated, indolent, lethargic, torpid," whatever
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  • synonym you want to attach to it.
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  • Now, the Bible in basic English translates the word "sluggard"
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  • this way: "hater of work."
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  • "Go to the ant, you hater of work!"
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  • But the prize goes to the New Living Translation, which says:
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  • "Go to the ant, you lazybones!"
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  • So, either way you look at it,
  • 00:14:03.210 --> 00:14:05.150
  • the words are not complimentary words.
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  • Who is Solomon having in mind when he writes this?
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  • Not the unemployed person, the person who has a job--
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  • or doesn't have a job but wants one.
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  • He's not speaking to the unemployed.
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  • He's speaking to the malemployed, somebody
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  • who has a job but is not motivated in that job.
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  • I read a study where 23 million Americans, this study says
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  • 23 million Americans are what are described as
  • 00:14:32.140 --> 00:14:37.100
  • "actively disengaged from their work."
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  • Isn't that a nice way of saying they're lazy?
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  • They're actively disengaged from their work.
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  • They're at work. They go to work.
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  • They clock in in the building of their work,
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  • but they're actively disengaged.
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  • There's not much excitement or enthusiasm.
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  • They look at work as an unavoidable inconvenience.
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  • Now, if you were to find one of these actively disengaged
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  • workers, which, according to the studies, you should be able to
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:08.170
  • find them in spades 'cause they're everywhere, and you say,
  • 00:15:08.180 --> 00:15:12.100
  • "Excuse me, but why are you so actively
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  • disengaged in your work?"
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  • And if that person said they were a Christian,
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:19.280
  • they might say, "Well, you know, work is a curse.
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  • The Bible says work is a curse."
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  • At which point you need to say, "I think you oughtta read
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  • that Bible just one more time.
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  • I think that would help 'cause you will discover work is not
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  • the curse, it's the laborious toil that came as a result of
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  • the curse that God put on the earth that is the struggle.
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  • In fact," you would tell that person, "work was something
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  • that came before the fall."
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  • And in fact, when God put Adam in the garden, one of the first
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  • things God did to Adam is give him a job.
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  • Genesis 2:15 tells us: "God took the man and
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  • put him in the garden of Eden to tend it and to keep it."
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  • So, work is not a curse.
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  • God established it, and established it to be something
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  • that is satisfying, even though, at times,
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  • because of the curse, it is toilsome.
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  • One college professor that I read I think really explains
  • 00:16:20.110 --> 00:16:24.070
  • the problem, really nails the problem.
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  • He said this: "Even in engineering classes, many of the
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  • US students expect to be given As for inhaling and exhaling.
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  • And they look at you like you have four heads if you suggest
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  • that perhaps coming to class, doing homework,
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  • and studying might improve their grade."
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  • And he concludes with this remarkable statement:
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  • "Our pride and over-exalted self-image has made us lazy."
  • 00:16:50.190 --> 00:16:56.120
  • "Our pride and over-exalted self-image has made us lazy."
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:17:01.230
  • That's his viewpoint of the culture.
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  • That's what laziness is.
  • 00:17:05.200 --> 00:17:07.030
  • Now, let's quickly pivot and look at what it is not.
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  • In verse 10, and that's in Proverbs 6, but also it's found
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  • in Proverbs 24, listen to what it says: "A little sleep,
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:21.110
  • a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep."
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:27.210
  • Now, I just gotta tell you, that sounds really good.
  • 00:17:27.220 --> 00:17:32.070
  • I read that and go, "Nothin' wrong with that."
  • 00:17:32.080 --> 00:17:35.080
  • In fact, my wife tells me that when I sleep at night,
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:37.130
  • that's how I sleep.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:38.230
  • She goes, "It's funny, you lie down, and you're on your back,
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:41.020
  • and you fold your hands."
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  • And she said, "You look like a dead guy."
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:46.220
  • So I said, "Well, that's nice, sweetie, that's how
  • 00:17:46.230 --> 00:17:48.290
  • you'll remember me," the dead guy she slept next to.
  • 00:17:49.000 --> 00:17:56.140
  • Now, you might read this verse and you might think, "So,
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:18:01.270
  • am I supposed to feel bad then if I lay down
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  • and I fold my hands and I close my eyes and I take a nap?"
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  • No, you are not.
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  • The answer is a resounding, "No."
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:13.260
  • There is a difference between laziness and leisure.
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  • Laziness is not leisure.
  • 00:18:17.000 --> 00:18:19.140
  • Even Ben Franklin, the founding father, somebody who would be
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:23.020
  • called very industrious, said, "A life of laziness and
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:27.170
  • a life of leisure are two entirely different things."
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  • Laziness does not mean leisure.
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  • Solomon, who wrote this book, also wrote the book of
  • 00:18:34.240 --> 00:18:37.200
  • Ecclesiastes, where he wrote: "To everything, there is a
  • 00:18:37.210 --> 00:18:41.040
  • season, and a time for every purpose under heaven," and he
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  • lists a variety of activities, but he also included,
  • 00:18:44.190 --> 00:18:47.200
  • "A time to heal, and a time to keep silence."
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  • So, those are resting activities.
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:56.130
  • You see, we all need time, not only to work, but we need time
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  • to be free of work, to pursue other activities that provide
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  • rest and recharge the batteries.
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  • Time to spare spares the soul.
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  • It's good for your mental health.
  • 00:19:10.130 --> 00:19:12.050
  • It's good for your physical health.
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:14.110
  • And even if it's not necessarily folding your hands,
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:16.210
  • 'cause I'm really not a good napper.
  • 00:19:16.220 --> 00:19:18.100
  • Some people are great nappers.
  • 00:19:18.110 --> 00:19:20.020
  • I'm a bad napper 'cause a nap for me turns into
  • 00:19:20.030 --> 00:19:22.120
  • an eight-hour sleep cycle.
  • 00:19:22.130 --> 00:19:24.290
  • So, then I'll mess my whole thing up.
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:27.120
  • So, I'll come home even after a Sunday, and people
  • 00:19:27.130 --> 00:19:31.150
  • who study speakers will say that, you know, you'll usually
  • 00:19:31.160 --> 00:19:34.230
  • feel enormously tired after speaking that much and that,
  • 00:19:34.240 --> 00:19:38.070
  • you know, you have to rest or something.
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:40.240
  • So, my colleagues think I'm crazy 'cause when I go home
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:44.130
  • on a Sunday, they say, "I go take a nap."
  • 00:19:44.140 --> 00:19:46.260
  • And I say, "Well, I usually, like, mow the lawn,
  • 00:19:46.270 --> 00:19:48.230
  • or I pull weeds, or I just do a different activity."
  • 00:19:48.240 --> 00:19:51.160
  • It's restful for me not to just sit around, but to go
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:56.000
  • do something else because when I'm doing a different activity
  • 00:19:56.010 --> 00:19:59.110
  • like that, what I find is my mind goes to a different place.
  • 00:19:59.120 --> 00:20:03.190
  • And some of the problems I am trying to work out
  • 00:20:03.200 --> 00:20:06.020
  • and wrestling with I get resolved doing those kinda
  • 00:20:06.030 --> 00:20:09.220
  • mundane things around the house.
  • 00:20:09.230 --> 00:20:12.270
  • And that goes to say, I'm not great at resting.
  • 00:20:12.280 --> 00:20:17.030
  • It is something that the Lord is constantly trying to show me,
  • 00:20:17.040 --> 00:20:19.210
  • so I'm preaching to myself here.
  • 00:20:19.220 --> 00:20:22.170
  • And this is the reason God gave us the fourth commandment,
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:25.110
  • the Sabbath commandment.
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:26.270
  • You are to keep it holy.
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:28.070
  • You are to regard the Sabbath as holy.
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:30.070
  • You are to do your work for six days, but on the seventh day,
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:34.120
  • you are to do no ordinary work.
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:37.210
  • And it's interesting that it's part of the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:41.280
  • So, God is saying from heaven: "Relax, and that's an order."
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:47.130
  • So, it's okay to have leisure time.
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:49.220
  • In fact, it is a commandment.
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.100
  • By the way, the word "Sabbath" is the Hebrew word "Shabbat,"
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:55.280
  • which means "to put to an end," or "an intermission."
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:21:01.280
  • In other words, it's time to unplug.
  • 00:21:01.290 --> 00:21:04.220
  • It's time to veg out.
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:07.240
  • It is time to chill, and that's a holy activity,
  • 00:21:07.250 --> 00:21:12.190
  • and it's commanded by God.
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:14.130
  • It means you stop doing what you do all the other six days,
  • 00:21:14.140 --> 00:21:17.050
  • and this is a different day, right?
  • 00:21:17.060 --> 00:21:19.280
  • Isn't that what even David had in mind when he said,
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:24.040
  • "The Lord is my Shepherd, he makes me lie down in still
  • 00:21:24.050 --> 00:21:26.270
  • water," or, "in green pastures, he makes me lie down"?
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:29.240
  • You know, some people who won't lie down in green pastures,
  • 00:21:29.250 --> 00:21:32.060
  • sometimes they'll find the Lord
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:33.180
  • makes them lie down in green pastures.
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:37.190
  • And you say, "Well, why would God do that?"
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:39.120
  • Well, David said after that, "'Cause it restores my soul."
  • 00:21:39.130 --> 00:21:43.120
  • Lying down for a period of time, taking a break,
  • 00:21:43.130 --> 00:21:46.050
  • brings restoration to the soul.
  • 00:21:46.060 --> 00:21:48.290
  • So, this, of all the Ten Commandments,
  • 00:21:49.000 --> 00:21:51.260
  • this one is the tender commandment.
  • 00:21:51.270 --> 00:21:55.020
  • It is God wanting you to go through the long haul
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:57.250
  • of life with the proper amount of energy.
  • 00:21:57.260 --> 00:22:01.180
  • And this is important to us as Americans especially, I believe,
  • 00:22:01.190 --> 00:22:04.240
  • because, as one author put it, we have become a generation
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:07.110
  • of people who worship our work, work at our play,
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:13.130
  • and play at our worship.
  • 00:22:13.140 --> 00:22:15.180
  • So, to keep everything in proper alignment, we need
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:18.210
  • to work energetically and rest as much.
  • 00:22:18.220 --> 00:22:24.280
  • So, that's what laziness is. That's what it isn't.
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:27.170
  • Now, let's consider what laziness does.
  • 00:22:27.180 --> 00:22:31.090
  • What I wanna do is just share with you three quick
  • 00:22:31.100 --> 00:22:33.190
  • characteristics of a lazy person.
  • 00:22:33.200 --> 00:22:35.250
  • There are many more, but we could do a whole series on this,
  • 00:22:35.260 --> 00:22:40.060
  • and you wouldn't tolerate that, so, nobody would.
  • 00:22:40.070 --> 00:22:45.040
  • So, we're just gonna give you
  • 00:22:45.050 --> 00:22:46.140
  • three characteristics of a lazy person.
  • 00:22:46.150 --> 00:22:49.170
  • Number one, a lazy person won't focus on the task at hand.
  • 00:22:49.180 --> 00:22:53.290
  • There's a task to be done.
  • 00:22:54.000 --> 00:22:56.240
  • There's something that is in front of them to do.
  • 00:22:56.250 --> 00:22:59.080
  • A lazy person is unable or unwilling to focus
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:04.040
  • on the task at hand.
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:06.180
  • Look back at Proverbs 6.
  • 00:23:06.190 --> 00:23:08.270
  • Look at the questioning beginning in verse 9:
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:12.230
  • "How long will you slumber, O sluggard?"
  • 00:23:12.240 --> 00:23:14.180
  • So, I want you to picture this.
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:15.280
  • Somebody's leaning over the bed or the couch, talking to
  • 00:23:15.290 --> 00:23:17.190
  • the lazy person who refuses to get up.
  • 00:23:17.200 --> 00:23:20.270
  • In fact, it's very picturesque in the book of Proverbs.
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:23.040
  • It says, "As a door turns on its hinges, so does the
  • 00:23:23.050 --> 00:23:25.120
  • lazy man turn on his bed."
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:28.070
  • He only turns to get to the other side of his body.
  • 00:23:28.080 --> 00:23:32.150
  • So, imagine somebody leaning over saying,
  • 00:23:32.160 --> 00:23:34.160
  • "How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
  • 00:23:34.170 --> 00:23:37.180
  • When will you rise from your sleep?
  • 00:23:37.190 --> 00:23:40.130
  • A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of
  • 00:23:40.140 --> 00:23:42.140
  • the hands to sleep--so shall your poverty come on you like
  • 00:23:42.150 --> 00:23:46.060
  • a prowler, and your need like an armed man."
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  • When we ask him such questions, like, "How long?"
  • 00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:55.180
  • or we ask him such questions as,
  • 00:23:55.190 --> 00:23:58.030
  • "When are you gonna get to that project?"
  • 00:23:58.040 --> 00:24:01.070
  • We're being too definite for him.
  • 00:24:01.080 --> 00:24:04.290
  • When we say, "When? Give me a time.
  • 00:24:05.000 --> 00:24:06.230
  • When are you gonna start this?" it's just, he doesn't know.
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:09.260
  • He can't commit himself to that.
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:12.110
  • It's too much. He can't focus.
  • 00:24:12.120 --> 00:24:14.290
  • Like this poem I found, it says: "I've gone for a drink
  • 00:24:15.000 --> 00:24:17.260
  • and sharpened my pencils.
  • 00:24:17.270 --> 00:24:20.110
  • I've searched through my desk for forgotten utensils.
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:23.270
  • I've reset my watch. I adjusted my chair.
  • 00:24:23.280 --> 00:24:26.140
  • I've loosened my tie and straightened my hair.
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  • I filled my pen and tested the blotter, and gone
  • 00:24:29.170 --> 00:24:32.030
  • for another drink of water.
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:35.050
  • I've adjusted the calendar and raised up the blind.
  • 00:24:35.060 --> 00:24:38.010
  • I sorted the erasers of all different kinds.
  • 00:24:38.020 --> 00:24:40.280
  • Now down to work I can finally sit.
  • 00:24:40.290 --> 00:24:44.040
  • Oops, too late, it's time to quit."
  • 00:24:44.050 --> 00:24:48.120
  • So, here's a person, then, that is distracted by so many little
  • 00:24:48.130 --> 00:24:53.250
  • utterly useless things that the task at hand is never faced.
  • 00:24:53.260 --> 00:25:00.240
  • That's a characteristic of a lazy person.
  • 00:25:00.250 --> 00:25:03.060
  • Here's the second characteristic.
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:05.230
  • A lazy person won't finish what he started.
  • 00:25:05.240 --> 00:25:09.290
  • He starts, he has good intentions,
  • 00:25:10.000 --> 00:25:11.240
  • but he never finishes it.
  • 00:25:11.250 --> 00:25:13.150
  • Now, Proverbs 24, you don't have to turn there,
  • 00:25:13.160 --> 00:25:15.180
  • you know this by now.
  • 00:25:15.190 --> 00:25:17.110
  • We just read it. Proverbs 24, there's Solomon.
  • 00:25:17.120 --> 00:25:19.180
  • He sees that field of that lazy man.
  • 00:25:19.190 --> 00:25:22.210
  • Hadn't been plowed. Wall is broken down.
  • 00:25:22.220 --> 00:25:25.250
  • The vineyard lies in ruins.
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:29.110
  • So, that man, that man who owns that, he started out
  • 00:25:29.120 --> 00:25:34.080
  • with the right intentions.
  • 00:25:34.090 --> 00:25:36.050
  • Problem: no follow through, man.
  • 00:25:36.060 --> 00:25:40.120
  • He had good intentions, but he never followed through.
  • 00:25:40.130 --> 00:25:42.190
  • Now, thorns have taken over. Now, the wall has collapsed.
  • 00:25:42.200 --> 00:25:47.020
  • There's another example of this principle also
  • 00:25:48.250 --> 00:25:52.020
  • in Proverbs, Proverbs 12:27.
  • 00:25:52.030 --> 00:25:55.020
  • Listen to this one: "The lazy man does not roast
  • 00:25:55.030 --> 00:25:58.150
  • what he took in hunting."
  • 00:25:58.160 --> 00:26:02.020
  • That's pretty pathetic.
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  • for priests and prostitutes.
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  • And no matter what's in your past or your present,
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  • Jesus loves you.
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  • Sadly, the people who need love the most are often
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  • the most rejected, even by the church.
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