One of the many great things about the Bible is that it’s a very practical book as well as a spiritual book meant to draw you closer to God. People who follow the advice of the bible and gain wisdom from it will not only keep themselves out of trouble, but will also give themselves the opportunity to be wealthy, prestigious, etc.
Here’s the catch…we don’t always like hearing the advice. Today’s topic is one of those. Laziness is a topic that is sometimes overlooked in student ministries, but its mentions many times in the bible. When laziness is mentioned in the bible, it’s often followed by some negative consequences.
Discuss homework and responsibility that’s taught via school work. Ask if anyone avoids homework or doesn’t turn work in on time. Give illustration about Kevin K. doing cabinets for the science lab.
Laziness not only leads to poverty and other social or financial problems, but it could also lead to an unhealthy life. Ask how many of them love sleep.
Share how getting up early has improved your work, mood and health. Nobody can get into shape without working hard. Bring a male student up and embarrass him about his muscles.
So, besides from keeping you out of trouble, how can the opposite of laziness (diligence) pay off?
Nobody who’s wealthy became that way without working hard. Those who inherited their wealth can lose it if they aren’t diligent to keep it and use it wisely.
Now, apart from all the bad things laziness can do to YOU. How can there be eternal effects? Wait for possible right answers. Share how, many times, you don’t engage visitors or non-believers because you know it will be a lot of work. Explain how that can cause some to never come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Challenge them not to let laziness take over their high school lives. Start practicing diligence now!