Topic: Slothfulness (laziness)
Scripture: Romans 12:9-21
Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written:Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But
If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
What is slothfulness? (vv. 11)
- Slothfulness is laziness. It is a want not to do anything.
- Slothfulness causes us not to act with either zeal or diligence.
- Slothfulness implies that we do not serve a God worth serving.
- Enthusiasm is an excitement about what we do.
- Enthusiasm comes from a good motivation.
- What is our motivation?
- Enthusiasm about what we do declares that God is worthy of our service.
- Without enthusiasm in what we do, people will not see a God who loves them with enthusiasm.
Outdo one another!
- What does it mean to love without hypocrisy?
- It is to genuinely care more for others than for self.
- It is to detest evil and to cling to what is good.
- It is to SHOW family affection with brotherly love.
- How can we show family affection?
- We should also be spurring one another on to good works in Christ.
- My works should inspire you to do good in honor of our God.
- Your works should inspire me to do the same
- Thus, our works (and our enthusiasm in those works) continue to become greater, all for God’s glory!
What does it mean to be fervent in spirit?
- It is to generally be excited about what we do!
- Our fervency relies heavily on where we find our motivation.
- When our motivation is in anything other than God, we will eventually “burn out” and become slothful in our work.
- If pleasing God is our motivation, then we can dedicate all of our enthusiasm to anything this life requires of us!
- In pleasing God, we become servants to others and not seekers of self.
Questions for class discussion:
- There are many people who hate their jobs and constantly complain about those jobs. There are also many who constantly complain about school, chores, and even certain activities they are involved in. If we are to be enthusiastic in life, what should our attitude be while doing the things we do?
- Should we be pessimistic, or optimistic?
- Should we complain about others, or work to serve others?
- Should we complain about work or school, or should we devote ourselves to those things as one who serves God, not men?
- Slothfulness has become a staple in our culture. People want the beach life, they work for retirement and they want to be provided for in all things. What would happen if we dedicated ourselves to a life of hard work, diligence and enthusiasm?
- What are you excited about doing? Has God given you those passions for a reason?
What is your motivation in life? Think, journal or blog about why your motivation is what it is and ask yourself if it is a lasting motivation.