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Laziness Breeds Poverty 1

Text:
Proverbs 13: 1-8
Memory Verse:
”The soul of the lazy man desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (Proverbs 13:4)

Many people are poor in life not because they are destined to be, but because they are slack and not diligent with their work. Many Christians are unwilling to work with their hands.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”So a man who does not work should not eat. The Bible warns against being idle or indolent. A man who hates working can never become rich. A man who always goes for the easier part of the job is a lazy person and such a person will live a beggarly life sooner or later in life. When you find it difficult to task or push yourself to work, you are lazy. Laziness can
come in various forms: physical, mental, emotional, financial etc. The soul of the lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (Proverbs 13:4).

The story of the distribution and use of the talents by the servants in Matthew 25:14-27 gives a vivid example of laziness at work. The servant who got one talent was too lazy to use it and had excuses for not doing so. It is true that a bad workman blames his tools. The lazy servant had a lot to say about how wicked the master was.

Laziness may be a momentary state or an issue of character, but it is not a psychological disorder. If you’re not sure about being lazy, ask yourself why you prefer inactivity to working energetically. Are you satisfied with your resultant financial state? Are you as industrious as your peers?

Prayer points:
1. Lord, please forgive me for the times I have been lazy, over-indulging myself.
2. Lord, please help me to apply myself better to tasks.

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