THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 8-23-15

LESSON TITLE: “LAZINESS!”

WELCOME

“HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO FINDS WISDOM, AND THE MAN WHO GAINS UNDERSTANDING.” THANKS BE TO GOD ON THIS LORD’S DAY, FOR HIS FULL REVELATION AND FOR THE ABILITY TO KNOW THE TRUTH WHICH BRINGS US SALVATION - AS WELL AS FREEDOM FROM A LIFE OF BONDAGE AND SIN!

THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. AS HIS FOLLOWERS, HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS TO PRAISE OUR GOD AND TO DO THOSE THINGS ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH HE HAS ASKED OF US THROUGH HIS WILL. ARE YOU WILLING TO DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO MAKE THIS TIME SUCCESSFUL IN THE SERVICE OF GOD? NOW, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THINK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF THE LORD'S DAY AND THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO WORSHIP THEREFORE FATHER HELP US TODAY IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH TO DO ALL THAT YOU HAVE COMMAND AND GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST. AND FATHER WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER GIVE US THAT REWARD OF THAT PROMISED PLACE IN HEAVEN THAT MANSION THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE FAITHFUL. THAT WE MIGHT LIVE WITH YOU ETERNALLY IN THAT PERFECT PARADISE IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN.

WHAT BETTER WAY TO WORSHIP GOD THAN IN SONG. SO AT THIS TIME LET’S JOIN IN OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART AND SING WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE PRAISE GOD TOGETHER WITH THE HYMN, “SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AS WE CONSIDER WORDS LIKE LEARNING, UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM, WE BEGIN TO FOCUS ON MANY THINGS WHICH GOD REQUIRES IN HIS WORD! HOWEVER, AS WE CONSIDER THE CONCEPTS OF GROWING AND MATURING IN THE THINGS WE CAN KNOW DURING OUR LIVES. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE WHERE OUR REAL GROWTH NEEDS TO BE FOCUSED.

WE COULD START BY LOOKING AT WHAT THE WISE MAN SOLOMON HAD TO SAY ABOUT STUDY. IN ECCLESIASTES 12:12, HE SAID, “…MUCH STUDY IS WEARISOME TO THE FLESH.” IN THE CONTEXT SOLOMON REFERS TO THE MAKING OF MANY BOOKS, AND TO THE REALITY THAT MANY FOCUS ON THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF THIS WORLD. SO HE WAS NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULD NOT GROW, STUDY OR GAIN KNOWLEDGE, BUT RATHER THAT WE SHOULD DO SO IN THE ONLY AREA THAT REALLY MATTERS – GOD’S WORD! IN THE SAME PASSAGE BACK UP IN VERSE 10, HE ALSO STATED, “THE PREACHER SOUGHT TO FIND ACCEPTABLE WORDS; AND WHAT WAS WRITTEN WAS UPRIGHT; WORDS OF TRUTH.” WHERE IS IT THAT WE FIND THE ONLY THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER? WHERE ARE THOSE TRULY ACCEPTABLE WORDS WHICH PERTAIN TO GODLINESS, SALVATION AND TRUTH? SOLOMON HERE STATES THAT THAT WHICH IS “UPRIGHT,” IS THE “WORD OF TRUTH!” GOD’S WORD SHOULD BE AND MUST BE THE FOCUS OF OUR WHOLE LIVES.

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WE READ FURTHER EXHORTATIONS THAT REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF GROWING IN GODLY THINGS. IN 1 CORINTHIANS 1, PAUL IS DEALING WITH THIS VERY CONCEPT OF WISDOM. HE MENTIONS THE WISDOM OF GOD AND THE WISDOM OF MAN. AS HE MAKES THE CASE OF THE WISDOM OF GOD HE PROCLAIMS THIS IN VERSE 18. THERE WE READ, “FOR THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING, BUT TO US WHO ARE BEING SAVED IT IS THE POWER OF GOD.” TO THE WORLD AND ACCORDING TO ITS WISDOM, THE THINGS OF GOD ARE FOOLISH. HOWEVER, TO THOSE WHO TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE, THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL, THESE ARE THE ONLY THINGS WHICH OFFER SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE!

MAY WE ALL LEARN TO FOCUS OUR HEARTS, MINDS, AND LIVES ON THOSE THINGS WHICH REALLY MATTER. FURTHERMORE, MAY WE ALL STUDY, LEARN AND GROW IN THOSE THINGS WHICH HAVE BEARING ON OUR ETERNAL EXISTENCE - THE WONDERS AND BEAUTIES OF GOD. ARE YOU FOCUSED ON THAT WHICH REALLY MATTERS IN THIS LIFE? IS GODLINESS THE PLACE YOU PUT MOST OF YOUR ENERGIES IN THIS LIFE?

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “BUT THEY ALL BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES!” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS “LAZINESS!” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. HOWEVER, BEFORE OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY, LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THE GLORY LAND WAY.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

“…THE SOUL OF A LAZY MAN DESIRES AND HAS NOTHING; BUT THE SOUL OF THE DILIGENT SHALL BE MADE RICH (PROVERBS 13:4)." WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE DESIRES OF THOSE IN THIS LIFE AND THE DESIRES OF THOSE TODAY FOR ALL THAT THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER THE FACT IS, IS THAT WE ALL WANT MORE, WE ALL DESIRE MORE. BUT WHAT'S ALSO SIGNIFICANT ABOUT WHAT WE READ JUST A MOMENT AGO. FROM THE WISEST MAN THAT EVER LIVED SOLOMON, A MAN WHO HAD ALL OF EARTH'S VALUABLE GIFTS AND WAS ABLE TO ENJOY ALL OF ITS PLEASURES, PHYSICAL AS WELL AS SPIRITUAL OFFERINGS. WE FIND THAT SOLOMON WAS A MAN WHO SPEAKS HERE ABOUT THE ONE WHO DESIRES YET HE IS LAZY AND CONTRAST THAT TO THE ONE WHO IS DILIGENT OR WILLING TO DO SOMETHING AND THEREFORE BECOME WEALTHY OR RICH.

YOU KNOW WE OFTEN LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS VERY LAZY AND WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT WANTS EVERYTHING BUT IS LAZY. A SOCIETY THAT OFTEN FEELS LIKE THAT SOMEONE ELSE OWES ME SOMETHING OR SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF ME OR GIVE ME SOMETHING. A SOCIETY THAT IS FAR DIFFERENT FROM THE SOCIETIES OF THE PAST OR THE SOCIETIES MENTIONED THAT WERE THRIVING IN THE BIBLE OR THE SOCIETIES EVEN SUCH AS THOSE OF OUR OWN COUNTRY IN THE PAST WHERE THERE WAS A STRONG WORK ETHIC AND A DESIRE FOR SOMEONE TO ACHIEVE AND TO ACCOMPLISH THAT THEY THEMSELVES MIGHT GET AHEAD RATHER THAN FEELING LIKE WELL SOMEONE OWES ME SOMETHING OR SOMEONE SHOULD GIVE ME SOMETHING. THIS ATTITUDE OF LAZINESS REALLY PERMING PERMEATES NOT ONLY OUR SECULAR LIVES BUT ALSO OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES AND WE OFTEN BECOME LAZY SPIRITUALLY AND WE REALLY DON'T ACCOMPLISH THOSE THINGS THAT WE WANT. AND NOT ONLY DO WE FEEL LIKE MAYBE THAT THE WORLD OWES US SOMETHING, AND WE JUST MAYBE SIT AT HOME AND AGAIN GET THAT CHECK IN THE MAIL OR GET THAT FOOD FROM SOMEONE ELSE THAT THEY REALY JUST WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO CARE FOR.

BUT WE ALSO REALLY TAKE IT EVEN A STEP FURTHER WE REALLY WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO DO THE JOB FOR US. WE EVEN HAVE PROBABLY PEOPLE WHO MIGHT CALL US AS YOU HAVE NO DOUBT HAD FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT HAVE BEEN CALLING YOU AND THEY WANT YOU TO DO THINGS FOR THEM THAT THEY FRANKLY ARE VERY CAPABLE OF DOING THEIRSELVES. BUT YET THEY'VE GOTTEN INTO THE MINDSET, SO MUCH SO, THAT SOMEONE ELSE CAN DO IT FOR THEM BUT THEY REFUSED TO DO IT. THEY HAVE BECOME LAZY. THEY'VE NOT ANY LONGER HAD THAT DESIRE OR DRIVE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THEY NEED TO DO OR WHAT THEY'RE REQUIRED TO DO. BUT THEY FEEL LIKE SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD DO IT FOR THEM.

I REMEMBER A LITTLE SAYING THAT I READ IN THE PAST THAT WAS REFERRED TO AS A STORY BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU AS WE BEGIN OUR LESSON THIS MORNING. IT SAYS THERE WAS A LITTLE STORY ABOUT FOUR PEOPLE WHO WERE NAMED EVERY BODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, AND NOBODY. AND THERE WAS AN IMPORTANT JOB TO BE DONE AND EVERYBODY WAS SURE THAT SOMEBODY WOULD DO IT. ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE IT BUT NOBODY DID IT. SOMEBODY GOT ANGRY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE IT WAS ACTUALLY EVERYBODY'S JOB BUT EVERYBODY THOUGHT THAT ANYBODY COULD DO IT. BUT NOBODY REALIZED THAT EVERYBODY WOULDN'T DO IT. AND IT ENDED UP THAT EVERYBODY BLAMED SOMEBODY WHEN NOBODY DID WHAT ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE. THAT MAY ALMOST BE A LITTLE BIT OF A TONGUE TEASER AND EVEN A MIND TEASER. BUT IF YOU READ IT TWO OR THREE TIMES, OR IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, OH MY, WHAT TRUTH! WHAT TRUTH THAT EVERY BODY SEEMS TO BE WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. NOBODY REALLY WANTS TO DO IT. MAYBE SOMEBODY WILL DO IT AND HOPEFULLY ANYBODY WILL CONSENT. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THINGS OFTEN DON'T GET DONE. AND SADLY ENOUGH IT LEADS SOME OF US TO THE ATTITUDE THAT IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO IT YOURSELF, OR EVEN IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO IT YOURSELF. BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU CAN FORCE SOMEONE INTO HELPING OFTEN THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DO THE JOB BECAUSE THEY'RE LAZY, THEY DON'T CARE, AND THEY DON'T HAVE THAT WORK ETHIC.

WE CAN CARRY IT EVEN A STEP FURTHER BECAUSE WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD MAYBE SOME WORK DONE AROUND YOUR HOUSE AND YOU HIRED SOMEBODY. ISN'T IT INTERESTING HOW THAT TODAY EVERYBODY SEEMS TO DO HALF THE JOB OR SOMEBODY WANTS TO HAVE THAT DUCT TAPE MENTALITY WHERE IF I JUST GET IT WORKING AGAIN FOR A LITTLE BIT, IT WILL BREAK AGAIN, AND THEN I'LL GET IT FIXED AGAIN. THERE IS NO LONGER THAT ATTITUDE THAT IF I FIX THIS THAT IT IS SOMETHING YOU CAN COUNT ON, SOMETHING IS GUARANTEED, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DEPEND ON.

WELL YOU SEE NOW THE REALITY OF HOW WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT FRANKLY HAS BECOME VERY LAZY. AND WHEN WE GO TO THE BIBLE GUESS WHAT WE FIND, SOME OF THE SAME PROBLEMS NOT ONLY AS THE WISEMEN DEALT WITH BUT ALSO AS WE MOVE OVER EVEN INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT. THERE ARE SEVERAL STORIES AND EVEN PARABLES THAT ARE GIVEN CONCERNING LAZINESS AND THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BE LAZY. ONE SUCH ILLUSTRATION IS FOUND THERE IN MATTHEW 21 AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS. AND THE STORY IS THAT THERE ARE TWO SONS AND THE FATHER ASKED BOTH SONS TO DO SOMETHING. NOTICE WITH ME THE REACTION OF THESE SONS. BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK, A MAN HAD TWO SONS AND HE CAME TO THE FIRST AND HE SAID SON GO AND WORK TODAY IN MY VINEYARD. HE ANSWERED AND SAID I WILL NOT. BUT AFTERWARD HE REGRETTED IT AND WENT. AND THEN THERE CAME THE SECOND SON LIKEWISE AND HE ANSWERED AND SAID TO HIS FATHER, I GO SIR BUT HE DID NOT GO. THEN JESUS ASKED THE QUESTION: WHICH OF THE TWO DID THE WILL OF THE FATHER? AND THEY SAID TO HIM THE FIRST. AND JESUS CERTAINLY SAID YOU'VE ANSWERED CORRECTLY.

YOU SEE, TWO SONS - ONE SAYS YOU KNOW, I'M LAZY. I'M NOT GONNA DO IT AND I'VE GOT OTHER THINGS I WANT TO DO AND MY OWN PRIORITIES AND I WANT TO DO MY OWN THING. BUT HE STARTED FEELING KINDA GUILTY LATER AND HE SAYS YOU KNOW, MY FATHER'S DONE A LOT OF THINGS FOR ME AND HE'S ASKED ME TO DO THIS AND SO LATER HE FINALLY GOES AND HE DOES IT. SO AT LEAST HE DOES IT - HE HAS A BAD ATTITUDE IT SEEMS ABOUT IT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING - AND IS PERHAPS TOO LAZY OR UNWILLING TO FOCUS - AND WICKED BECAUSE HE HAS NOT DONE WHAT HIS FATHER HAS ASKED BUT AT LEAST HE FINALLY DOES IT, HOPEFULLY REPENTING AND MAKING THAT CORRECTION AS HE WENT ALONG. BUT THE OTHER SON IS NOT ONLY A LIAR BUT PERHAPS HE'S EVEN MORE LAZY BECAUSE THE SECOND SON SAYS OH SURE - I'LL DO IT. AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED? HE DECIDES NOT TO DO IT. HE'S TOO LAZY. HE JUST TOLD THEM WHAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR. HE JUST TOLD HIS FATHER WHAT HE WANTED TO HEAR PROBABLY KNOWING FULL WELL THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO DO IT. BECAUSE OF HIS OWN SELFISH, LAZY ATTITUDE.

YOU SEE AGAIN HOW THAT YOU AND I MIGHT BECOME GUILTY OF BEING PEOPLE LIKE OUR SERIES HAS PRESENTED TO US FOR THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS? THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO MAKE EXCUSES; THOSE WHO LIKE WE SAW IN LUKE 14 WERE MAKING EXCUSES AS TO WHY THEY COULDN'T COME TO THE WEDDING FEAST. YOU KNOW, I'VE TAKEN A NEW BRIDE, OR I'VE BOUGHT A PIECE OF LAND, OR I'VE DONE THIS, OR I'VE DONE THAT, AND THEREFORE I'M UNABLE TO COME TO THE FEAST THAT I'VE BEEN INVITED TO. YOU SEE THOSE SORRY EXCUSES, THOSE EXCUSES THOSE SELFISH EXCUSES, THOSE EXCUSES THAT ARE BECAUSE WE OFTEN ARE SO LAZY. THAT WE’RE NOT WILLING TO DO ANYTHING LET ALONE WHAT WE NEED TO DO - NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS TO GLORIFY GOD AS COMMANDED IN HIS WORD. OH YES, WE LIVE IN A LAZY SOCIETY THAT'S LOOKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT FOR US AND FRANKLY OFTEN SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE CARE OF US RATHER THAN YOU AND I FULFILLING OUR OWN REQUIREMENTS BEFORE GOD. OUR OWN NEED TO BE WORTHY AND TO LOVE HIM, BY NOT ONLY CARING ENOUGH TO SERVE HIM, BUT TO SERVE OTHERS.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO SERVE OTHERS YOU HAVE TO GET OFF THE COUCH. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO GET THAT BAG OF CHIPS OUT OF YOUR HAND, AND YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO TURN OFF THAT TELEVISION SOMETIME. IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE A PROPER FATHER OR MOTHER YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THAT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE A PROPER SIBLING, IF YOU'RE GOING TO TREAT OTHERS AS YOU NEED TO BE TREATED, IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE YOUR FELLOW MAN. AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO AND WORSHIP GOD AND ACCOMPLISH THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO IN ORDER TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR AND SHOW YOURSELVES WORTHY BEFORE GOD, AND TEACH OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAKE UP AND QUIT BEING SO LAZY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS GOD HAS PLACED UPON YOU AS WELL AS THE SPIRITUAL REQUIREMENTS.

OH YES, I KNOW WE ALL WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND WE'VE GOT A NEW PAIN...WE'VE GOT A NEW ACHE...WE'VE GOT SOMETHING ELSE THAT MIGHT KEEP US FROM WANTING TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO. IT SHOULDN'T STOP US. IT SHOULDN'T STOP US FROM BEING, AGAIN, A FATHER. IT IS NOT A JUST A WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT DEAL, YOU JUST DON'T LEAVE THAT BABY IN THE BEDROOM ON DAYS YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE TAKING CARE OF THAT CHILD. A PARENT IS ALWAYS A PARENT 24/7. LET ME SHARE WITH YOU SOMETHING ELSE: A CHRISTIAN IS ALWAYS A CHRISTIAN 24/7. WHO LIVES THAT LIFE, WHO PRESENTS THEMSELVES WORTHY BEFORE OTHERS, AND WHO PROVES THEMSELF WORTHY - FOR AS JESUS SAID THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND REVEALS TO US ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER IF A MAN WILL NOT WORK NEITHER LET HIM EAT. DO YOU SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT LAZINESS? DO YOU SEE HOW IT DEALS WITH IT?

BUT PERHAPS THE BEST EXAMPLE THAT I'VE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES THAT ACTUALLY USES SPECIFICALLY THE CONCEPT OF LAZINESS UNTO SIN. IT IS FOUND OVER ONLY A FEW CHAPTERS FROM MATTHEW 21 IN MATTHEW 25. AND YOU RECALL WITH ME THE STORY OF THE TALENTS - AND REALLY WHAT IT'S TALKING ABOUT HERE IS MONEY. WE USE THAT ENGLISH WORD AND THERE'S A PLAY ON THAT ENGLISH WORD OF A MAYBE THE SKILLS OR THE ABILITIES THAT WE HAVE, AND CERTAINLY THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT AS WELL. BUT WHAT THE MASTER ACTUALLY GAVE HIS SERVANTS HERE, THE SERVANTS OF HIS LABORS, WERE TALENTS OR MONEY TO CARE FOR OR TO KEEP IN HIS STEAD. AND YOU RECALL WITH ME THE STORY - IT'S A VERY FAMILIAR STORY HOW THAT ONE WAS GIVEN FIVE TALENTS, ONE WAS GIVEN TWO TALENTS, AND THE OTHER WAS GIVEN ONE TALENT. AND THAT BEGINS THERE IN VERSE 14 OF CHAPTER 25.

BUT AS WE BEGAN TO SEE THAT THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN SUCH WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT THE RESULTS WERE. WELL, IN VERSE 19 IT CONTINUES TO SAY THIS, “AFTER A LONG TIME THE LORD OF THOSE SERVANTS CAME AND SETTLED ACCOUNTS WITH THEM. SO HE WHO HAD RECEIVED FIVE TALENTS CAME AND BROUGHT FIVE OTHER TALENTS,” THAT EQUALS 10, AND HE SAID, “LORD, YOU DELIVERED TO ME FIVE TALENTS; LOOK, I HAVE GAINED FIVE MORE TALENTS BESIDES THEM.” AND NOW NOTICE WHAT THE LORD SAYS IN VERSE 21, “WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; YOU WERE FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS, I WILL MAKE YOU RULER OVER MANY THINGS. ENTER INTO THE JOY OF THE LORD.” YOU SEE HOW ENCOURAGING THAT IS? YOU SEE, I HAD FIVE TALENTS. I WAS ENTRUSTED AS A SERVANT, I WAS GIVEN THAT SERVITUDE OVER A SMALL AMOUNT, AND I SHOW MYSELF WORTHY BECAUSE I DOUBLED THE PROFIT. AND THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HOUSE SAYS HEY, WELL I'M GOING TO GIVE EVEN MORE RESPONSIBILITY. WELL THE NEXT EXAMPLE CONTINUES THE SAME, VERSE 22, THE TWO TALENT MAN DOES THE SAME. HE'S NOT REQUIRED TO EQUAL THE FIVE TALENT MAN. HE MAY NOT HAVE MAYBE AS MUCH ABILITY BUT HE TOOK THOSE TWO AND HE AGAIN GAINED TWO. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE LORD SAID TO HIM, VERSE 23, WELL DONE - BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHOWN YOURSELF WORTHY OVER THESE THINGS HE SAYS I WILL AGAIN MAKE YOU OVER MANY THINGS. SO BOTH OF THESE SERVANTS, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR ABILITIES OR SKILL LEVELS OR NO MATTER WHAT THEY WERE ENTRUSTED WITH, DOUBLED WHAT THEY HAD OVER A PERIOD OF TIME AND PROVED THEMSELVES WORTHY AND GOD SAYS: I'LL BLESS YOU FOR THAT.

BUT NOW I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THE ONE WHO HAD THE ONE TALENT, VERSE 24, “THEN HE WHO HAD RECEIVED THE ONE TALENT CAME AND SAID, ‘LORD, I KNEW YOU TO BE A HARD MAN, REAPING WHERE YOU HAVE NOT SOWN, AND GATHERING WHERE YOU HAVE NOT SCATTERED SEED. AND I WAS AFRAID, AND I WENT AND HID YOUR TALENT IN THE GROUND. LOOK, THERE YOU HAVE WHAT IS YOURS.’” HE HAD ONLY THE ONE TALENT. AND WAS AFRAID AND WENT AND DID THESE THINGS. BUT THEN THE LORD ANSWERED AND SAID TO HIM - VERSE 26, “YOU WICKED AND LAZY SERVANT, YOU KNEW THAT I REAPED WHERE I HAVE NOT SEW AND GATHERED WHERE I DID NOT SCATTERED SEED. SO YOU OUGHT TO HAVE DEPOSITED MY MONEY WITH THE BANKERS, AND AT MY COMING I WOULD HAVE RECEIVED BACK MY OWN WITH INTEREST.” BUT YOU DID NOT DO IT. WELL LATER HE ACTUALLY SAYS THAT BECAUSE OF THIS YOU WILL BE CAST INTO THE REALM OF OUTER DARKNESS. AND THEN WHAT HE HAD LEFT WAS GIVEN TO THE FIVE TALENT MAN, THAT WHICH THE LORD HAD ALREADY SAID I WILL ENTRUST MORE TO YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHOWN YOURSELF WORTHY.

WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT OF THOSE WHOM HE HAS BLESSED? EVERYTHING YOU HAVE, EVERYTHING I HAVE IS FROM GOD? WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT FROM THOSE WHOM HE HAS ENTRUSTED WITH THIS MONEY, OUR TALENTS, OR ABILITIES. HE EXPECTS US TO INCREASE AND TO DOUBLE OUR ABILITIES AND TO DOUBLE THE PROFIT IN THE SAME SENSE. HE EXPECTS US TO SHOW OUR WORTHINESS AND THEREFORE HE WILL ENTRUST EVEN MORE TO US. BUT SADLY WHERE ARE SO MANY IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD? THE ONE TALENT MAN. HEY, I'M GONNA SEE WHAT I CAN GET BY WITH. I'M GONNA YOU KNOW GO AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR TO CHURCH AND SEE IF GOD WILL BE HAPPY WITH THAT. I'M GONNA YOU KNOW MAYBE ONLY GO ON SUNDAY MORNING. WE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAYBE CUT CORNERS OR TO GET BY...SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT? BE SELFISH AND BE LAZY AND DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND NOT REALLY GIVE TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD OR THE REQUIREMENTS OF GOD. YOU KNOW HE NOT ONLY SAYS THAT THIS SERVANT WAS CALLED LAZY. BUT THE TWO RESULTS ARE CLEAR - HE WAS CALLED WICKED AND HE WAS CAST ULTIMATELY INTO HELL IS WHAT THE EXAMPLE WOULD BE GIVING HERE FROM A SPIRITUAL CONTEXT.

SO WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES THE QUESTION: IF WE ALLOW LAZINESS TO PERMEATE OUR LIVES AND WE REALLY DON'T STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND DO WHAT GOD HAS ASKED US TO DO IN OUR SECULAR LIVES AND SPIRITUAL LIVES, FOR THEY ARE CONNECTED WE ARE CHRISTIANS ALL OF THE TIME, THEN CAN WE BE PLEASING TO GOD? OR ARE WE LAZY AND THEREFORE WICKED AND NOT BEARING THE FRUIT THAT GOD REQUIRES? I THINK YOU KNOW THE ANSWER AND I DO AS WELL BECAUSE THE BIBLE HAS SHOWN US CLEARLY TODAY THAT THE TRUE SERVANT WHO LOVES GOD WILL NOT BE LAZY. THE TRUE SERVANT THAT WANTS TO PROFIT AND GROW AND PROVE THEIR SELF-WORTH WILL DO WHAT GOD COMMANDS NOT BE SELFISH OR TO BE SO LAZY THAT THEY WON'T ACCOMPLISH HIS PERFECT WILL. SO TODAY I CHALLENGE YOU TO BE ONE WHO NO LONGER MAKES EXCUSES BUT WHO LOVES GOD ENOUGH TO PUT AWAY LAZINESS AND TO GET BUSY IN THE WORK OF THE LORD, KNOWING THAT YOUR LABORS WILL NOT BE IN VAIN AND YOU WILL BE GREATLY BLESSED!

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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