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January 26, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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“Not In Me” – A Song for the Pharisee In Each of Us

We learned this new song, based on Luke 18:9-14, in corporate worship yesterday. It reminds us of where we stand without Christ and exalts Him as the only true source of righteousness.

No list of sins I have not done, No list of virtues I pursue
No list of those I am not like can earn myself a place with You.
O God! Be merciful to me. I am a sinner through and through.
My only hope of righteousness is not in me, but only You.

No humble dress, no fervent prayer, no lifted hands, no tearful song,
No recitation of the truth can justify a single wrong.
My righteousness is Jesus’ life. My debt was paid by Jesus’ death.
My weary load was borne by Him and He alone can give me rest.

No separation from the world, no work I do, no gift I give
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands,
I cannot cause my soul to live.
But Jesus died and rose again. The pow’r of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me, and merciful in Christ alone.

My righteousness is Jesus’ life. My debt was paid by Jesus’ death.
My weary load was borne by Him, and He alone can give me rest,
And He alone can give me rest.

[This song is part of the project Songs for the Book of Luke. You may learn more about it at The Gospel Coalition.]

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January 20, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Comfort the Grieving

On a regular basis, I receive inquiries as to how to obtain copies of my book Comfort Those Who Grieve: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Loss (It’s been hard to find since stock was intentionally allowed to run out because it moved to a different publisher). Thankfully, I am now able to direct you to the revised and updated version that was just released this month by Zondervan. Comfort the Grieving is one of the recent additions to the Practical Shepherding series edited by Brian Croft. Here are some of the kind words Brian wrote in the Foreword to this edition.

Some of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned as a pastor, lessons that are affirmed year after year, happen in hospital rooms and funeral homes. I have watched sweet elderly saints take their last breath while holding their hand praying for them. I have won enemies over after a visit while they are recovering in a hospital room. I have seen despair turn to hope while talking about Christ as I’ve sat with a grieving widow at a funeral visitation. These pivotal moments for fruitful ministry exist because the hospital room and the funeral home accomplish something few life moments can. They remind us of our frailty and brokenness. They jolt our hearts into reality when we are tempted to believe we are invincible. They press us to focus on eternal things when we want to live in the temporal.

And yet, ironically, these are places many pastors try to avoid today. Why? Well, for one, this kind of ministry is hard work. It is not glamorous. It requires you to engage your heart in a way that makes many people uncomfortable. It involves assuming burdens that are painful to bear. Sometimes no one knows you are doing this ministry, other than God and the people you visit. But these types of visits are core to our calling as pastors who shepherd God’s flock until the Chief Shepherd returns (1 Peter 5:4). And I’m convincd that one of the best ways to recover these essential aspects of pastoral ministry is to equip pastors so they can better care for those who are grieving.

That is why I am excited about the book you hold in your hand. My excitement is due to two things. First, the content and structure is particularly suited to equip pastors and others in this task of comforting those who grieve. Beginning with the biblical foundations that show us where our hope comes from in times of grief, it moves into ways in which a pastor can minister this hope to others, both publically and privately. The last section gives specific practical helps: hand-written notes, advice on using songs, and even charts to help in scheduling visits and contacts in the first year of bereavement. This book is concise, clear, and gives any pastor the necessary tools they need to shepherd their grieving people well.

The second reason I am excited about this book is that it is a key resource in the Practical Shepherding series. Another title in the series, Visit the Sick, addresses how to extend care to people through the struggles of sickness, pain, and affliction. Conduct Gospel-centered Funerals is a title in the series that addresses the immediate circumstances surrounding a death, including the preparation of a funeral sermon and logistics of working with funeral homes. Although hospitals and funeral homes are key places to do ministry, they are not the only places where grief is experienced. Much of the grieving process requires extended care that takes place long after the immediate circumstances of the hospital and funeral home.

This newest book in the Practical Shepherding series, Comfort the Grieving, is a wonderful complement to these other two books. It fills in the gaps while affirming the wisdom and practical helps they offered.

And Walter Kaiser writes: “Few have attempted to offer comfort to those who grieve, and fewer have been as successful. I commend this wonderful little volume. It is a veritable anthology of practical helps for those who are grieving and for those who attempt to minister to their needs. Therefore I recommend it as a book for all deacons, elders, pastors and lay persons. It is an important tool which should be thoughtfully read if we are to minister wisely and effectively to those in our fellowship who will eventually face such times.”

I’m very grateful to the Lord and to our friends at Zondervan Publishing Group for this new edition of Comfort the Grieving. It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit will use it to equip God’s people to comfort one another with the comfort that is ours in Christ.

[Be sure to take a look at the other titles in the Practical Shepherding series here.]

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January 19, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Creation-Category Idols and Resting In Our True Identity

In the past couple weeks, I have picked up one of Paul Tripp’s devotional books, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, and again my heart has been ministered to in simple, yet deep ways. God has gifted Paul Tripp with the ability to write heart-diagnosing words that are gentle, yet surgically helpful to the soul. Here’s an excerpt that the Spirit used to convict and edify, this morning:

Scriptures like Psalm 27 and Matthew 6:19-33 remind us that all the things for which a human being could live fall into two categories. The first category is the Creator category. When I am living for something in the Creator category, I’m living for what can be found only in God. It means my life is shaped and directed by my resting in the pursuit of his grace, glory, goodness, and plan on earth. Another name for this category is the kingdom of God.

The second category is the creation category. When I am living in the creation category, I’m seeking to find my identity, meaning, and purpose in something that has been created. So, I look to my job, friends, possessions, or a position to satisfy my heart. Another name for this is the kingdom of self.

What does all of this have to do with singles or fickleness of focus? It is only when I’m hooking my life to the glory and grace of God and getting my identity from him that I can truly live with singleness of focus for the long run. This is because it is only God who has the power to satisfy my heart. I was made for him. I was made to have my life shaped by an acknowledgement of his presence, a rest in his love, and an active allegiance to his purposes. When I live this way, my soul is satisfied and my heart is at rest.

[A Shelter in the Time of Storm may be purchased at Westminster Books in eBook and print copy.]

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January 15, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Spurgeon Gives Hope to Those Who Fight Through Depression

It has been long understood that Charles Spurgeon, the famed preacher at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in the 1800’s, wrestled against this darkness through much of his pastoral ministry. As a result, many of us who fight this same aspect of our humanness have received immense help and comfort from his pastoral approach and the biblical counsel he faithfully fed to his congregation….In his new book, Spurgeon’s Sorrows, Zack Eswine has mined the sermons and writings of the famous preacher, culled that which is most valuable, and organized it in a manner that is helpful to those who suffer with depression and the spiritual friends who are faithful to not let go of them in the midst of the fog.spurgeon sorrow

Spurgeon’s Sorrows, takes a balanced approach to the role of diet and medicine to relieve some of the symptoms of depression, in some people, some of the time. However, the author also wisely concludes, as did Charles, that dietary or medicinal relief is not a solution in and of itself and should not be pursued alone, apart from the deeper, more important work of the Spirit in the soul. True hope is renewed by means of focusing on the promises of God and consistently tapping into our never-ending resources in Christ. The book also touches on what Charles referred to as the disease of melancholy, that is, that some people seem to be constitutionally more prone to wrestle with depression than others. For some, fear and worry seem to naturally dominate. Therefore, understanding oneself is important, as is the constant discipline of turning eyes of faith to Christ and learning to find rest in the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness. In other words, the fleshly struggle with despondency becomes a blessing when it is recognized as the weakness that keeps one dependent upon God. Read my full review of this book at Books at a Glance.

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January 14, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Can You Help Me Find Assurance of Salvation?

Shortly after Christmas, I received the following email from a reader of this blog.

I’m wondering if you can help me. I have prayed to be saved multiple times, knowing it is not by human effort. I was raised in a Christian home and have a Christian heritage, including godly preachers, etc. But I never truly have assurance and can’t really seem to have victory over sin. I don’t have the love I wish I did for others. The only thing I can conclude is that I wasn’t chosen. I know if election is true then you can’t change that. But I’m desperate for some hope. Can you help me? Have you encountered this before? Can you imagine what I’m going through? Please help. I know all the assurance verses.

To which I replied:

Dear Sue (not her real name),

Thanks for your note. Your question and your trial are not uncommon; many struggle with assurance of salvation. Let me first encourage you; the heart’s longing that I read between the lines sounds like that of a believer (Non-believers have no such desire). However, the assurance you need is that which only God can give to you through his Word. So, rely not upon my words, but upon God’s. As I said, your struggle is not new. First century Christians battled the same doubts. That’s what motivated the apostle to write the book of First John, as verse 13 of the last chapter informs us. My counsel to you is this: Read the book of First John once a day for a month while praying the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and mind concerning your relationship to God. I believe He will answer your prayer to know Him.

By the way, the doctrine of election was not given to us by God to cause doubt, but to evoke praise from unworthy sinners like you and me. One of Satan’s tactics is to get people stuck on the merry-go-round of election, forever trying to figure out if they are one of the chosen. But Scripture never instructs us to figure this out. It tells us to repent and believe in Jesus and follow Him. By doing so, our election is proven genuine (2 Peter 1). Election is God’s business; the obedience of faith is ours.

I’ve attached a simple worksheet that I created many years ago. It will serve as a guide to you as you study the book of 1 John. I will be praying for you.

Paul

[If you would like a copy of the 1 John worksheet, please email me: paul@counselingoneanother.com.]

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January 9, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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What Depression Teaches Us

As the counseling book review editor for Books At a Glance, I’m regularly asked to review new books related to one-another ministry. Thus far, the books have been chosen by others for me to review, as it is with the latest. It is so encouraging how the Lord continues to direct books to me, not merely to review for review sake, but for my own personal growth and edification. That is again the case with a new book by Zack Eswine, Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression. I was blessed to read this wonderful book and my full review/summary will be published at the Books At a Glance site in a few days. Since the scope of book reviews is limited, I’d like to do as I have in the past; that is, pass on some helpful counsel in a few blog posts.

The following counsel comes from Chapter 2: Depression and Our Circumstances. Pastor Eswine writes,

[C]ontrary to what some people tell us, sadness is neither a sign of laziness nor a sin; neither negative thinking nor weakness. On the contrary, when we find ourselves impatient with sadness, we reveal our preference for folly, our resistance to wisdom, and our disregard for depth and proportion. So, when we see others in pain, and we want to stop them from it, we must not underestimate what they have had to overcome in their lives. Depression calls for even more compassion and acceptance. They sin, yes. But we’ve all been sinned against too. If we had known the trials that have assaulted them we too might discover a life more attended by frightful glooms and miserable stares within our memories than we want.

Memory after all is a powerful thing. It can both bless us and haunt us. Some of us are memory haunted. Circumstance left its stain. Such persons need mercy not scolding. After all, on this side of heaven, “There is no cure for sadness” or depression. No saint or hero is immune. Room to cry loudly or long remains necessary, warranted, and nobly human….In this fallen world, sadness is an act of sanity, our tears the testimony of the sane.

He then goes on to give us three lessons that depression arising from our circumstances teaches us.

  1. Christian faith on earth is neither an escape nor heaven. Charles speaks of certain Christians who, from their position of health and wealth, suggest that perfection, ease and immunity from human troubles describe what faithfulness to Jesus produces. Charles counters this notion and describes instead “the tried people of God” who “do not often ride upon these high horses.” The sheer number of their anxieties and cares forces them into a life which must frequently cry out to God and which exposes their being only mortal.
  2. We do not equate spiritual blessing with circumstantial ease. “Certain of my brethren are frequently in trouble. Their whole life is a floundering out of one slough of despond into another. You have had many losses in business—nothing but losses perhaps; you have had many crosses, disappointments, bereavements; nothing prospers with you … it is no sign, beloved, that you are not a child of God … remember that none of your trials can prove you to be a lost man.”
  3. We who’ve not suffered depression from circumstances must learn the pastoral care of those who have. When a person “has been through a similar experience” of depression, “he uses another tone of voice altogether. He knows that, even if it is nonsense to the strong, it is not so to the weak, and he so adapts his remarks so that he cheers” the sufferer “where the other only inflicts additional pain. Broken hearted one, Jesus Christ knows all your troubles, for similar troubles were his portion” too.

My complete review of Spurgeon’s Sorrows is published at Books At a Glance.

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January 3, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Fanning the Flames of One Holy Passion

This morning, I found myself stirred to take off my shelf a copy of my favorite R.C. Sproul book, One Holy Passion: The Consuming Thirst to Know God. I remember buying this book in the fall of 1988 at our Bible college bookstore. It immediately impacted me and, since then, has become one of my all-time favorite books on the attributes of God. Here are some thoughts from Sproul about the matter of living with one consuming passion to know God, which results in following Christ.

A passion is a strong feeling, an emotion that is packed with intensity. At times it carries a sense of urgency.

Not all passions are holy. As fallen human beings we are often trapped in unholy passions. Our feelings are mixed. Then the Holy Spirit quickens us to a new life with new passions. But many of the old passions remain. We struggle with our feelings. Our affection for the things of God is locked in mortal combat with earthly concerns.

If we are to progress in godliness we need to fan the flames of a holy passion. We need a single-minded desire to know God. We follow Jesus who went before us. He was moved by a single passion—to do the will of His Father. His meat and drink were to do His Father’s will. Zeal for His Father’s house consumed Him. He was a man of holy destiny with a face set as a flint.

Jesus knew the Father. His knowledge of God was so deep, so profound that His entire earthly life reflected a single holy passion. Jesus revealed the Father to us and called us to imitate His own pursuit. His priority is set before us—to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

We are to press into the Kingdom of God, to storm it if we must, to seize the opportunity to know God. This quest is not casual. The pursuit is not cavalier. We are to be driven by a holy passion.

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January 2, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Last Year’s Busiest Day – Depression & the Pastor’s Wife

My WordPress annual report notice has been flashing on my dashboard for a few days, so I finally took a look at it last night. I was immediately surprised by one statistic and yet should not have been. February 3rd was the busiest day of this blog last year and the most read post on that day was Depression & the Pastor’s Wife: Suffering in Silence by Cara Croft, the wife of Brian, the founder of Practical Shepherding.

I was surprised this post received as much attention as it did, but I should not have been. Why? Transparency is growing among pastors and their wives concerning battles that, though not unique to vocational ministry, seem to be especially challenging and more common than the average church member realizes. Still the number of pastors and their wives who choose to suffer in silence is epidemic. Why? Well, frankly, it’s safer. The sad reality is that often times the very place where Christlike gentleness and grace should abound is the place where harshness and Pharisaism rule instead. Therefore, I’m thankful for Brian and Cara and their risk-taking openness. Churches will gradually become better places because of it. If you’ve not read Cara’ testimony already, please do. Here it is.

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January 1, 2015
by Paul Tautges
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Faith Looks Forward

forward faithThis morning, I awoke with the desire to page through a Moleskine journal that I recently filled up; my soul needed to feed upon the workings of the Spirit in my mind and heart in the past—taking in, again, spiritual nourishment I’ve received from the Word. Several pages that stood out to me contained the summary of weeks of meditating on the nature of true faith as described in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. I posted these thoughts awhile back, but since my heart needs to be reminded of these things; I trust you will bear with me posting them, again, in a slightly revised and expanded version.

A chief quality of true faith, which rings out from Hebrews 11, is that biblical faith is fueled by the forward look. That is, inherent in true faith is a conscious choice to look beyond what is seen in the here and now (what we can humanly comprehend and reason) to what is unseen and yet promised. As I reviewed my conclusions concerning the qualities of faith, the forward look grabbed hold of my heart once more. This is the future-minded faith the Lord wants from us in 2015. Open your Bible to Hebrews 11 and let’s think this through, together.

  1. Faith looks to “things hoped for” with assurance that God will bring them to pass (v. 1).
  2. Faith is the assurance/conviction of things not [yet] seen (v. 2). If we could see the details of our futures, now, then walking would not be by faith. We drastically limit what God may do with us if we limit our “faith” to what makes sense to human reasoning.
  3. Faith chooses to focus on the invisible; it does not require the seeing of that which is visible to compel it to believe (v. 3).
  4. Faith offers acceptable sacrifices to God; faith calls for earthly sacrifice, letting go of the finite things that may hold us back (v. 4; Rom 12:1).
  5. Faith is the “channel” in which righteousness is received by God; this faith pleases Him (vv. 5-6; 7b).
  6. Faith believes that God is the one, true reality—He is. Everything else is “unreal” (v. 6b).
  7. Faith seeks after God and is rewarded by God (v. 6c).
  8. Faith trusts God’s Word enough to act in obedience even when naysayers tell us to be more realistic (v. 7).
  9. Faith follows the Lord’s leading, even though we don’t know the specifics of where we are going or what will be needed to carry out His will (v. 8).
  10. Faith “claims” one’s future inheritance before it is an experiential reality (v. 8).
  11. Faith values one’s future inheritance above what may be gained in the here and now; faith sinks shallow roots into what is seen, i.e. in the things of this earth, which is temporary (v. 9).
  12. Faith looks to God’s city—His kingdom, which is not of this world, not human comforts and assurances (v. 10).
  13. Faith considers the impossible as if it was already reality (vv. 11-12).
  14. Faith welcomes the promises of God, having “seen” them from a distance; faith considers them to already be so; the eyes of faith see God’s will as supreme and, therefore, worthy of following more than anything else in life (v. 13a).
  15. Faith fuels a true confession of God’s promises, which results in contentment to live as unwelcomed strangers in this world (v. 13b).
  16. Faith seeks the promise as if it already belongs to us. The heroes of faith who have gone before us sought “a country of their own,” though it was not yet their own (in experience). If they would have sought what was now their own (the here and now, the seen) they would have been tempted to return to the comfort of living only in the small world of what is seen (vv. 14-15).
  17. Faith pursues the heavenly, not the earthly, as superior in value (v. 16).
  18. God is not ashamed to be associated with people who live by faith rather than basing decisions on the limitations of human reasoning (v. 16).
  19. Faith acts in obedience to God’s commands, though the means of fulfilling His will cannot be humanly perceived or understood (v. 17).
  20. Faith clings to the raw promises of God to supply (v. 18).
  21. Faith considers the impossible as already accomplished by God (v. 19).
  22. Faith confidently spreads the blessings that are yet to be experienced (vv. 20-21).
  23. Faith instructs our hearts, based upon the recognition that what God has promised He also will do (v. 22).
  24. Faith rests in God’s ultimate protection, rather than fearing finite man and acting on the fear of their intimidation (v. 23).
  25. Faith chooses to identify with the Lord and His promises, rather than with sin and its pleasures (vv. 24-25).
  26. Faith considers identification with Christ and His reproach as “greater riches” than anything this world offers as an idolatrous replacement, especially the fleeting favor of men (v. 26).
  27. Faith looks to the eternal reward of following God’s will, not man’s plans (v. 26b).
  28. Faith sees “the unseen” King as greater—and more worthy of allegiance—than earthly rulers (v. 27).
  29. Faith obeys unprecedented commands from God (v. 28).
  30. Faith steps out into greater risk (v. 29).
  31. Faith obeys God, though common sense would direct otherwise or even tempt us to laugh at God’s promises (vv. 30-31).
  32. Faith performs acts of heroism, which end up bringing glory to God (vv. 32-35a).
  33. Faith suffers with the assurance of God’s approval being infinitely better than man’s acceptance (vv. 35b-39).
  34. Faith considers the unseen promises of God as “better” than the limitations of what is seen (v. 40).

Biblical faith looks forward and this forward look fuels the risk-taking obedience that is needed t follow God. This year, may the Lord grant to us the childlike faith that truly believes He is the God of the impossible! Only this kind of faith has the power to radically direct our values, choices, and the risks we are willing to take for His glory and the fulfillment of His will.

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December 29, 2014
by Paul Tautges
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Motivation for a New Year

As a new year rapidly approaches, we think and hear non-stop messages about cranking up our motivation to change. We have a resolution for this and that, for everything except what we need most, that is, to think biblically about being motivated. Why should we be motivated to change? Why should we shun laziness and the reputation of being a sluggard whom no one can depend upon? The Bible is rich with counsel so that we will think biblically, see how seriously God views laziness, and experience change in and through Christ. Here’s a sampling of that counsel from pastor and counselor Adam Embry.

TWO EXCUSES

In Proverbs, the lazy man makes two main excuses. In fact, since he never works, he has plenty of time to conjure up excuses and talk about them. Charles Spurgeon said, “the slothful man is represented as having something to say, and I think that there are no people that have so much to say as those that have little to do. While nothing is done, much is talked about.”  The lazy man’s first excuse is that he always needs to rest. In Proverbs 6:6–11 we hear how the lazy individual always needs a little nap; this person’s excuse for needing rest is really procrastination. You could imagine the individual saying today, “I’ll just hit the snooze button on my alarm clock a few more times.” Several more minutes’ sleep then turn into hours, which turn into a wasted day. In contrast to the lazy individual is the ant. Some Palestinian ants were known for storing up grain for the winter. Rather than conquering creation by working for God, we are lazy and must learn from one of the smallest creatures, the ant, who instinctively works hard without being told to do so.

The lazy man’s second excuse is that it’s just too risky heading off to work: The sluggard says, “there is a lion in the road!” (see Proverbs 26:13–16; compare 22:13). The unmotivated person thinks that the remote danger of a lion roaming the streets is a reason to avoid work. Now, lions typically didn’t roam the streets of Israel looking for an unmotivated person to devour. Here’s the logic in today’s world: “I can’t drive to work! People die in car accidents!” or, “I can’t go outside to work! I might get struck by lightning!” Work is too wearisome to engage in and so he or she makes more excuses.

FIVE CONSEQUENCES

The lazy person’s two excuses lead to five serious consequences.

  1. Violent Poverty: Financial and material loss won’t take place over time; they’ll take place suddenly, like a robber violently breaking into your house unannounced and holding you at gunpoint. In a split second the sluggard will lose everything because of his or her laziness (Proverbs 6:11).
  2. Loss of Friendship: Unmotivated people are annoying and unreliable for others. The doubly negative description of vinegar and smoke in Proverbs 10:26 makes an emphatic point: the lazy person is a sour and irritating individual, someone who is completely annoying. Rather than being trusted and reliable, he or she is no help at all to anyone.
  3. Unfinished Tasks: Remember how the lazy field-owner in Proverbs 24 owned property but didn’t cultivate the land? Now we see in Proverbs 12:27 that the lazy person never even cooks the animal he or she killed for dinner. This person shot the animal, and this certainly tells us that he or she has the ability to work. But the lazy man or woman lacks the ambition to complete the task by skinning and cooking the animal to feed him or herself, or worse, his or her family. What good is an uncooked carcass? It’s like going to the grocery store, buying food, driving home, yet leaving the food in the car only to spoil.
  4. Unfulfilled Desires: Connected to the previous consequence is this: that unmotivated people never fulfill their desires (Proverbs 13:4). This verse uses the metaphor of eating to convey how the wise are filled and the lazy go hungry. Likewise, in Proverbs 21:26, lazy people crave and crave, whereas the righteous are so filled with goodness that they can give freely to others. Lazy people want something—food, accomplishments, to live life to its fullest—but they won’t put their hands to work, and so they die. A similar consequence is described in Proverbs 15:19–24.
  5. Death: The lazy person’s laziness brings death (Proverbs 21:25). Lazy people want something—food, accomplishments, to live life to its fullest—but they won’t put their hands to work, and so they die. A similar consequence is described in Proverbs 15:19–24, which again contrasts how the lazy man and the wise man walk down separate paths. Can't Get Motivated-small email

These five consequences can be viewed from a different angle, as laziness negatively impacts our relationships with others (annoying/unhelpful), our well-being (poverty, unfinished tasks, unfulfilled desires), and our eternal destiny (death). The lazy individual’s excuses epitomize an obsessive, selfish care for him- or herself, a disregard for others, and disobedience toward God. “Idleness,” Spurgeon preached, “is selfishness, and this is not consistent with the love of neighbor, nor with any high degree of virtue.” Laziness, then, is a sin that dominates all of life and reflects disobedience to God’s law. It’s a curse we bring upon ourselves and our relationships that will ultimately kill us.

Slothfulness, like all other sins, is deceptive. We never think its consequences are catastrophic. It offers us ease and comfort, but it fails to deliver. Augustine noted this when he said, “Sloth poses as the love of peace: yet what certain peace is there besides the Lord?” As it is with every sin, the solution to fighting laziness is the good news of salvation the Lord brings.

(This brief summary of what the Bible teaches about laziness and its cure is from Adam Embry’s new mini-book HELP! I Can’t Get Motivated.]

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