CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 30, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Sloth #3: Not Nurturing Others


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

SLOTH #3

NOT NURTURING OTHERS

MONTE W. HOLLAND

 INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

SLOTH #3

NOT NURTURING OTHERS

Scripture15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (Luke 18:15 (NIV))

13 Some people brought their children to Jesus so he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him. (Mark 10:13 (CEV))

7 Tell all this to everyone, so they will do the right thing. 8 People who don’t take care of their relatives, and especially their own families, have given up their faith. They are worse than someone who doesn’t have faith in the Lord. 9 For a widow to be put on the list of widows, she must be at least 60 years old, and she must have been faithful in marriage. 10 She must also be well-known for doing all sorts of good things, such as raising children, giving food to strangers, welcoming God’s people into her home, helping people in need, and always making herself useful. (1 Timothy 5:7-10 (CEV))

 DEVOTION: “Stop bothering Jesus.” 

     Have you ever told someone that?

     Was Jesus really too busy to touch a child? Is Jesus to busy today to touch my life or the life of one of my friends? I think we would surely say, “No!”, agreeing that the disciples were wrong. They treated Jesus like a dignitary or a king that required a special invitation for an audience with him. They treated him like we do sports stars today: Pay your fee and get in line for an autograph and a picture if you are lucky. The disciples weren’t very good businessmen. They could have let all the people with children come to Jesus as long as they made an adequate donation.

     That I should even think this way shows how messed up our “star-crazed” society is. Even I have stood in line for autographs.

     Certainly Jesus didn’t physically heal or touch everyone he came near. On the other hand we don’t see him turning people away or charge a fee. Jesus came for all of us. Let us not forget the season, Lent, that we are in. The culmination of this season is Holy Week and Easter. Most especially remember Good Friday—Jesus brought ultimate healing (forgiveness of sins and eternal life) to any who choose him: in his time, in our time, and in all times to come.

     Jesus, the antithesis of sloth (hurting others by failing to act on their behalf), acted on behalf of all. Although we cannot do all that Jesus did  we can try to follow the guidelines in 1 Timothy 5:7-10:

  • Take care of your relatives 
  • 2. Take care of widows
  • Raise children in a good manner 
  • Give food to strangers
  • Help people in need and
  • Generally make yourself useful.

     There you have it: we can’t be Jesus and we can never fully free ourselves of the sin of sloth, but there a plenty of actions to take that will clearly show that we follow Jesus. We cannot work our way into God’s favor, but as James says in James 2:14,  14 My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show you really do have faith? Can this kind of faith save you?

 PRAYER:  Thank you for Jesus. Jesus is not only my example, but also my Savior. Holy Spirit, guide me along the way to being more like Jesus. Amen.

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To read the previous devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Gluttony #3: Themes From a Scattered Garden

To read the following devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Greed #4: Secretly Generous

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ADDITIONAL READING:

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

From the Bastille to Cinderella

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…So Reluctantly I Go

BEAR CARNIVAL IN CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

IS THIS “CHEERS?”

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