Text: Hebrews 6:1-12 (HCSB)
“Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically!” Romans 12:11 (NLT)
Intro: I do not expect everyone to display the same kind of enthusiasm toward their Christian experience that I have: however, I believe we all should have enthusiasm; it is part of the package! Some of us pull out the trump that convinces us I am getting old or that just isn’t me: let me tell you some of the things I notice in reference to motivation or enthusiasm: I Notice: The grandparent who gets enthusiastic because of the visit from a grandchild, The employee who receives a bonus, the individual who is about to see another episode of their favorite Television program (American Idol) or let us not forget the trip out to our favorite ice cream store. How about the Friday after thanksgiving early bird store sale. All these examples create a momentary enthusiastic Experience – which can be all right, so why is it that very few followers of Christ allow an enthusiastic outlook to be a continue experience? Why; I believe spiritual dullness can land on us like a stain on a shirt, it is one of our favorite shirts and we have decided to keep wearing it regardless of the stain that is on it.
Well I would like to give you some stain remover!
Would you like to avoid Slothfulness? Would you like to avid regression? Are you spiritually dull? The bible instructs us on how to avoid such calamity.
How to Avoid Slothfulness: you must properly prepare yourself by Putting on Christ, Pressing On toward the prize & use the Power Christ gives you!
1. Put on!
“For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose!” Philippians 2:13
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ!” Galatians 3:27
re·gres·sion defined: a return to an earlier or less developed condition or way of behaving, a going backward or a backward movement or progress, especially through the earlier stages or forms of something to less mature state: behavior associated with childhood. Encarta World English Dictionary
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:4 KJV
Imagine Christ becoming of no effect in your life! Hey this was the problem, don’t say you have been to the cross and receive His Grace and anointing of the Holy Spirit and than reach a stage of Slothfulness!
You cannot go backwards it is an automatic forward moving motion.
Some of you may recall in the mission impossible series that was on TV and the remake that Tom Cruise stared in not too long ago: at the beginning of the episode a tape was heard with instructions to follow (and the statement that was said or made and the reason I am bringing this up) – this mission if you choose to except!
That’s the Challenge: be not Sluggish (or dull of hearing) but imitate, Mimic, follow, copy ... Christ!
“So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6
“Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us—if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. That’s impossible!” The Message
To Avoid Slothfulness you Put On the clothing of Christ then you:
2. Press on! 6:1
The message: So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger-painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: Let’s get on with it!
- Leave behind and press on.
- Let us be borne on: being borne on to a higher stage of instruction.
- Unto perfection: Let us go on to the stage of adults, not babes, able to chew solid spiritual food. Not laying again the foundation!
The New Life in Christ
“What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2
Philippians 3:12-14: I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
“Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 12:11(NLT) “Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically!”
To Avoid spiritual dullness you Put On the clothing of Christ you Press On and don’t forget to put the:
3. Power On! 6:8
It will not produce: “If it beareth thorns and thistles.”
“You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?” Matthew 7:16
“And because they did not think it worthwhile to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. Romans 1:28
Your either producing fruit and growing or your worthless!
Paul explains - They have not given up Christ, but many of them are still babes and not adults and others are in peril of becoming so. “For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know that the way we lived among you was further proof of the truth of our message.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5
The wisdom of the Proverbs:
12:24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
26:15 Some people are so lazy that they won’t lift a finger to feed themselves.
Paul exhorts us not to fall back from the faith, but to be steadfast, diligent, and patient to wait upon God, because God is most sure in his promise.
Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
Let us go on to maturity and avoid slothfulness, put on the clothing of Christ, press on toward the prize and put the power on!
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