Being An Active People

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. Rest and relaxation are an approved part of life (Exodus 23:12 and Mark 6:30-32). 

1. No, we are not under the Law of Moses (Hebrews 9:15-17), but the “Sabbath Day” shows a need for a break (Exodus 31:15).

2. Working morning, noon, and night is not God’s plan for us (Psalms 127:2).

B. At the same time, we’re to be a working people spiritually and physically (Romans 12:11, I Corinthians 15:58, and Ephesians 4:28).

1. Hard work is rewarded with good rest both physically (Ecclesiastes 5:12) and spiritually (Matthew 11:28-30).

2. Laborers are worthy of [hire] wages physically (Luke 10:7) and spiritually (Galatians 6:7-9).


II. Body: Proverbs 6:6-11

A. Don’t find excuses to justify laziness (Proverbs 20:4 and Proverbs 26:13-16).

1. Out of your mouth you’ll be judged for excuse making (Luke 19:12-27).

2. Consider how God talks about idleness (Ezekiel 16:44-50).

B. Realize there are consequences of laziness (Proverbs 24:30-34).

1. Things decay if not kept up (Ecclesiastes 10:18).

2. This is true of spiritual things too (Revelation 3:1-2).

3. Don’t get too comfortable in bed physically (Proverbs 20:13) or spiritually (Mark 13:34-37).

4. The reward of nothing is nothing (Proverbs 10:4-5, Proverbs 19:15, and Proverbs 21:25-26).

C. There are rewards for productivity (Hebrews 6:10-12).

1. You’ll have what you need physically if you work (Proverbs 13:11, I Thessalonians 4:11-12, II Thessalonians 3:7-13) and even be able to help others worthy of said help (Acts 20:34-35).

2. The same is true of your spiritual work (Proverbs 11:18, Matthew 16:24-27, Ephesians 6:8, and I Peter 1:17).


III. Conclusion: Proverbs 14:23 and Ephesians 2:10.



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© 2013 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  – Brian A. Yeager