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Don’t Be a Slacker March 30, 2014

Pro.13:14; 14:23; 20:4; 24:30-34; 26:13-14; 28:19; 6:1-8; 10:5; 14:4; 21:20; 24:27; 11:24-25; 19:17; 22:9; 28:27

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Introduction 

       This lesson uses many verses covering many ways diligent hard working person will bless their family.

A slacker is discouraged and encouraged to be disciplined, wise, and actively employed. Helpful comparisons are given that should help to motivate all of us.


1.    Don’t Be a Slacker . . Work Diligently. 13:14; 14:23; 20:4; 24:30-34; 26:13-14; 28:19.

       A.   To Work Diligently Means More Than . . Talk about Work. 13:14; 14:23.

       A wise man probably had to work to get the wisdom he has attained. Of course God’s word gives us

       wisdom. Someone who talks all the time probably just blows to the wind. I saw a church sign that said,

       “A Wise Man Does Not Blow His Knows.”

 

       B.   To Work Diligently Means More Than . . Thought about Working. 20:4; 24:30-34.

       A farmer or farm worker knows he must plow and cultivate if there is a time of harvesting.

       Thinking correct thoughts but not actually working will produce nothing. Everyone knows you must

       plant if you are going to sow. Of course you can plow and plant incorrectly but most farm people I know

       talk with one another enough to share wise thoughts. But there isn’t any substitute for work.

 

       C.   To Work Diligently Means More Than . .Turning and Fantasizing on Your Bed. 26:13-14; 28:19.

The text compares a slacker to a door hinge as the door turns on it’s hinge so does a slacker turn on his bed and fantasizes about a lion in the street.
That sounds like a lazy person to me. This person does not have any purpose and is certainly not wise. The Lord wants us to be motivated by His discipline,
His Word and a willingness to work.

 

A wise man probably had to work to get the wisdom he has attained. Of course God’s word gives us

       wisdom. Someone who talks all the time probably just blows to the wind. I saw a church sign that said,

       “A Wise Man Does Not Blow His Knows.” A farmer or farm worker knows he must plow and cultivate if

       there is a time of harvesting. Thinking correct thoughts but not actually working will produce nothing.

       Everyone knows you must plant if you are going to sow. Of course you can plow and plant incorrectly but

       most farm people I know talk with one another enough to share wise thoughts. But there isn’t any

       substitute for work. The text compares a slacker to a door hinge as the door turns on it’s hinge so does a

       slacker turn on his bed and fantasizes about a lion in the street. That sounds like a lazy person to me. This

       person does not have any purpose and is certainly not wise. The Lord wants us to be motivated by His

       discipline, His Word and a willingness to work.


2.    Don’t Be a Slacker . . Work Smartly. 6:1-8; 10:5; 14:4; 21:20; 24:27

       A.   To Work Smartly In . . Finances. 6:1-8

The Text teaches us not to co-sign or be the one guaranteeing a loan. I have done that for relatives

and really was pleased when it was over. The ant is giving as an excellent example of how we should plan and work together.

 

       B.   To Work Smartly In the use of . . Schedule and Animals. 10:5;14:4; 21:20; 24:27

Some people need financial help because they fail to work and the Word refutes that kind of an attitude.

       Our text also suggest a sensible schedule to get work in the house and work in the field accomplished.

Animals require some daily attention and work but they can provide the farmer much strength for work in the field while plowing and harvesting. Wisdom, plans, work can result in homes and pleasures.


 

The Text advises us about co-signing or becoming the one guaranteeing a loan. I have done that for

       relatives and really was pleased when it was over. The ant is giving as an excellent example of how we

       should plan and work together. Some people need financial help because they fail to work and the Word

       refutes that kind of an attitude. Our text also suggest a sensible schedule to get work in the house and work

       in the field accomplished. Animals require some daily attention and work but they can provide the farmer

       much strength for work in the field while plowing and harvesting. Work can result in nice homes and many

       pleasures.

 

3.    Don’t Be a Slacker Work and . . Give Generously. 11:24-25; 19:17; 22:9; 28:27

       A.   Give Generously Through Working so you can . . Help Others. 11:24-25

       Do you know many giving people say their enjoyment comes from the blessing they receive by

helping others. Yesterday I heard the “Shoeman” speak of the blessings he receives as he see people

give older shoes so they can provide for shoeless people and also drill wells for water. He loves to see the rejoicing from the supply of water coming to people who never had clean local water. We are so blessed

       we certainly can be used to help others especially if we Don’t Be a Slacker. Amen? Amen!

 

Do you know many giving people say their enjoyment comes from the blessing they receive by

helping others. Yesterday I heard the “Shoeman” speak of the blessings he receives as he sees people

give older shoes so they can provide for shoeless people and also drill wells for water. He loves to see the rejoicing from the supply of water coming to people who never had clean local water. We are so blessed

       we certainly can be used to help others and give encouragement like the title says, Don’t Be a Slacker.

       Amen? Amen!