Sunday, March 3, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
FATAL DISTRACTIONS: Stop the Sloth From Hanging Around
FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 25:14-30
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
THE ROOT OF LAZINESS OR SLOTHFULNESS
1. HOW IT IS DEFINED
2. GOD’S VIEW
WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT SLOTHFULNESS / LAZINESS
1. “The Parable of theTEN VIRGINS” Matthew 25:1-13
2. “The Parable of the TALENTS” Matthew 25:14-30
3. “The SHEEP and the goats” Matthew 25:31-46
PORTRAIT OF SLOTHFULNESS / LAZINESS
1. TYPICAL PROFILE
2. DECEPTIVE OF SLOTHFULNESS / LAZINESS
A. MAKES US TOO LETHARGIC TO LOVE
B. MAKES US TOO SLUGGISH TO STAND
C. MAKES US TOO MELLOW TO MOVE
HOW TO GUARD AGAINST SLOTHFULNESS / LAZINESS
I Peter 5:8-10… Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
If you watch a predator hunt, you will notice it looks for the weak animal, a sluggish animal, or an animal that is not paying attention.
James 4:7...Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
LIVE IT OUT
>Where has slothfulness / laziness crept into your life?
>What opportunities are you about to miss because you are fatigued, unaware, or just do not care?
>Is today the day God calls you to move from being a goat to a sheep (salvation)?