Monday, June 13, 2016

Are you a sluggard?

A sluggard is a lazy, sluggish person.

Here's an ancient test to see if you are a sluggard (Proverbs 26:13-16):

1) A sluggard sees danger in front of them wherever they go. This becomes an excuse to remain idle. They avoid anything that appears moderately risky or challenging, assuming life is supposed to 'just work.' 'The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!"' (Proverbs 26:13)

2) A sluggard in bed is as natural as a door on its hinges. A sluggard finds all manner of reasons to sleep in, call in sick, and need a "me day." "As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed." (Proverbs 26:14)

3) A sluggard has accustomed themselves to laziness so much that simple, normal human activity is exhausting. "The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth." (Proverbs 26:15)

4) A sluggard has an excuse, an answer, and a person to blame for all the reasons life is hard, work is lacking, and inactivity abounds. "The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly." (Proverbs 26:16)

Look at Christ who died for you. Die to self and commit to sacrificial living for Christ and others. Trust that power, joy, and purpose flows from God for any and all willing to surrender their lives to Him.

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