October 2, 2017

Romans 12:11 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Here we have a short verse that is long on meaning. Lets look at the first three words: never be lazy. Paul is saying the we should not make room for laziness in our lives. The word lazy means to be slow, to delay, to be slothful, to put off, to drag your feet, to be sluggish, to be idle, to lag behind.

In the twelve verses that precede this verse, our two memory verses included, Paul made us a list of practical ways to worship the Lord daily. It is in this context of worship that he exhorts us to never be lazy. Lets take a look at those twelve verses so we get a picture of what practical energized worship looks like. This way we will know what not to be lazy in.

Romans 12:1–10 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Verse 1 > be quick to give your bodies to God.

Verse 2 > be quick to let God transform you.

Verses 3 > be quick to honestly evaluate yourself.

Verses 4-8 > be quick to use your gifting to help other believers.

Verse 9 > be quick to love and do good, but be lazy when it comes to doing wrong.

Verse 10 > be quick to honor others and let them know how much you appreciate them.

These are all practical ways to worship God daily. These are the things he delights in. This is what honors God and puts a smile on his face. In these things Paul says not to lag behind, not to put off and not to drag your feet. Did you know that God puts laziness on the same level as wickedness? In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus tells a story of a man who had three servants. He gave one five bags of money, one two bags and another one bag. He told them to invest the money for him. After a time the one guy with five bags had turned it into ten bags. The one with two bags turned it into four bags, but the one with one bag didn’t do anything with it and here is what the master said to that one bag servant:

Matthew 25:26 (NLT) — 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant!

Ponder that verse. Let it sink into your heart and mind. The Lord has given each one of us a physical body and He expects us to invest our bodies in everyday practical worship to Him. To drag our feet, to put it off, to lag behind, to be slothful is to be wicked in God’s eyes. The choice is mine and yours. What do you want to be known as in heaven > one who is a worshiper or one who is wicked? I’m thinking for me > a worshiper. You?

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