The man went to the doctor, complaining that he wasn't able to do all the things around the house that he used to do.

When the examination was complete, he said,
"Now, Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me."

"Well, in plain English," the doctor replied, "you're just lazy."

"Okay," said the man.
"Now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife."

Prov 12:24
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Prov 18:9
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

One of the problems (perhaps the largest) we have in America today is spiritual!
It is the problem of lazy, apathetic, slothful Christians!!

We are seeing a reduction in the amount of people who are won to the Lord.
Over 50% of churches failed to baptize even one person last year!!

We are seeing a failure in the education of the saved.
For fewer Christians are believing the Bible and publicly standing on the principles therein.

There are many Biblical references to the problem of laxness in believers, two of which are our text for today (see above).
Also, see: Prov 21:25, 26:13-14, 26:16, Matt 22:1-14, Matt 25:14-30, Luke 6:46-49, and others.

When Christians fail in diligence and outspokenness, they fail to “rule,” and fall under “tribute.”
Can anyone deny that is what’s happening today?

We fail to be vocal about sin, and sin becomes rampant.
Today we are seeing an increase in: gambling, abortion, homosexuality, bribery, theft, and more.

Being “born again” and energized by the presence of God’s Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13),
Christians are supposed to EXERCISE their talents – not HIDE them (Matt. 25:14-30).

We are encouraged by Scripture to be “diligent” in our mission as Christians.
Heb 6:11-12
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Gal 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Let us be actively involved in:Mbr< telling the Gospel of Jesus, so others can be saved;
educating the saved, so they can be grounded in truth;
and sending “ambassadors” into the field to tell more people about Jesus.

Remember: laxness reduces ability and wastes talents!

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