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Neglecting Responsibilities

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Radio transcript for the week of March 06, 2016

Ricky Berger preaches on "Neglecting Responsibilities" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Introduction:

  1. Neglect/Negligent: (1) To be careless, not to care (Matthew 22:5). To be careless of, neglect (1 Timothy 4:14; Hebrews 2:3). (2) To overlook, to neglect is used in Acts 6:1, of the neglect of the widows in the daily ministration in Jerusalem. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, pg. 779.
  2. You will never accomplish everything you want to accomplish.
  3. However, you must attempt to do all you can... and then some!
  4. God will not accept excuses on judgment day (John 12:48).
  5. Self-Willed: Self-pleasing, denotes one who, dominated by self-interest, and inconsiderate of others, arrogantly asserts his own will, "self-willed", (Titus 1:7; 2 Peter 2:9-10). The opposite of gentle (1 Timothy 3:3). One so far overvaluing any determination at which he has himself once arrived that he will not be removed from it. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, pg. 1014.

Discussion:

  1. Could there be a greater sin that plagues God’s people on a regular basis than that of neglect? (James 4:17).
  2. Neglect in the area of benevolence (1 John 3:17; James 2:15-16; Mark 14:7; Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-37; Matthew 25:31-46).
    • Who would you say you are most like in the parable of the Good Samaritan? (Luke 10:25-37).
    • What was Jesus teaching in this parable? Compassion.
    • There are nine acts of compassion by the Samaritan in Luke 10:34-35. Vs. 34: Went, Bandaged, Poured Oil, Set on Animal, Brought to an Inn, Took Care. Vs. 35: Gave Money, Left in Good Care, Promised to Repay.
    • Jesus was compassionate in His ministry (Matthew 9:35-38).
    • There are times when we might think we’re going the second mile, when we’re actually still on the first mile (Matthew 5:41).
  3. Neglect in the area of edification (Romans 14:19; 15:2).
    • To strengthen the saints (Acts 14:21-22; 15:36; 18:23).
    • To encourage the brethren (Hebrews 10:24).
    • To guide the youth (Ephesians 6:4).
    • To assist the elderly (1 Timothy 5:3-4, 8).
    • To help those in greatest need (James 1:27)
    • Edification through the means of a visit, phone call, card, meal, etc.
    • The top two responses I hear from people who can no longer be active in the community or at church are: 1) I’m lonely. 2) I miss going to church.
    • How much good could we in the church do if every member of our congregations were to visit just one person a week?
  4. Neglect in the area of evangelism
    • We must teach the lost (Matthew 28:18-20).
    • We have a responsibility to continue teaching others (Acts 18:24-26; 2 Timothy 2:2).
    • We should have a desire to bring back the erring (James 5:19-20; Galatians 6:1-2).
  5. Neglect in your own personal growth (2 Peter 1:5-11; 3:18; Hebrews 5:12).
  6. Have you ever been guilty of saying, "I should have..."
  7. Have you ever been guilty of saying, "There was my opportunity and I missed it"
  8. In certain cases do you have to say, "I have missed my opportunity forever"
  9. You cannot change the past; you can, however, begin now and change the future.
  10. How do you not be neglectful in your Christian responsibilities? Make yourself do it!
  11. Make a schedule of what you need to accomplish, and do it!
  12. Make it a goal/habit to visit, study, teach, etc... regularly!
  13. Block off time for it and do not let anything interfere.
  14. Do not waste time (Ephesians 5:15-16).
    • Proper time management is a key to spiritual growth and will reduce neglect of responsibilities.
    • It is easy to waste time on things that are not important.
    • A failure to manage time usually means a more stressful life, and less accomplishments in the Lord's kingdom.
    • When time is not managed well and something does not get completed, it is almost always the Lord’s work that gets left out.
    • Proper time management will help you to accomplish more.
    • Jesus lived a very busy life which included: teaching publicly and privately, healing the sick, raising the dead, traveling, visiting, and many other areas of evangelism. However, He still took time to: be alone, rest, sleep, and pray.
    • It is not possible to do everything you want to do.
    • God wants us to be wise with our time.
    • I must admit, I have not always made the best decisions for time management. Here are some suggestions I have learned from others or have tried myself to be better at time management:
      • Make a list of everything that needs to be done either daily or weekly; when the list is full do not add anything else to it.
      • Leave one or two spaces on this list open for the unexpected; which is almost always certain to happen.
      • As you complete an item on your list, mark it off. Little "victories" can give you a boost.
      • Do not allow this list to interfere with family or personal time.
      • Learn that some things can be put off until tomorrow.
      • Do not get in the habit of putting things off until tomorrow.
      • List and do your events in order according to priority.
      • Group your events according to location.
      • Be careful about taking on extra duties or volunteer work; people love volunteers.
      • Learn to say no!
      • Fill your calendar, even if it says personal time.
      • If you do take on extra responsibilities, add only one at a time and allow a set amount of time to pass before adding more. A job may seem little or easy at first but can actually take up a lot of time, especially in the beginning.
      • Avoid the habit of saying there just is not enough time in the day. That is like saying God did not know what He was doing during creation. God gave us plenty of time in a day to accomplish what He expects of us.
  15. One reason we neglect our responsibilities is selfishness.
  16. It may be that I’m too concerned with my own personal desires that I’m neglecting my responsibilities to others.
  17. Behind every sin is selfishness: Eve selfishly took of the fruit and ate. Cain selfishly murdered his brother. Abraham selfishly lied about Sarah being his sister. David selfishly took Bathsheba then selfishly had Uriah killed.
  18. Think about the other person and make yourself take the steps needed to form unselfish habits. (Matthew 7:12).
    • Give up your seat.
    • Allow someone to go before you in line or at the stop sign.
    • Quit living in the "It’s all about me world."
    • Get out of the habit of saying or thinking, "These are my rights" (Genesis 49:5-7)
    • Quit looking at the person before you; look inside to the eternal soul. Ask yourself, "How can I help this person go to heaven?".

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