Can you identify one area of your life which you have neglected?
Why has this particular area been neglected? In other words: why is neglect easy in this area specifically?
What have some of the consequences of this neglect been? In other words, how has this neglect made your life harder (more thorny)?
What will you diligently do to remedy this neglect?
When will you do this by, who can help you, and who will hold you accountable to growing?
For further help, study the following passages:
- Proverbs 6:6-11
- Proverbs 15:19
- Proverbs 24:30-34
- Proverbs 26:13-16
Also, remember: the Gospel empowers us to move from laziness to diligence. As you work hard to replace laziness with diligence, remember the following life-giving truths:
“Knowing the Wise Saviour inspires you out of your laziness. You’ve been saved by the Wise Man – and Jesus doesn’t just forgive our sins, he makes us like Himself. Therefore, as you consider Jesus, the One who never slacked in his obedience to God, the One who was perfectly diligent in His duty to love God and others, you’ll become more like him. 2 Corinthians 3:18 teaches us that as we behold the glory of the Lord we are transformed into His likeness. Do you realize what this means? It means that your laziness is not just an issue of behavior, it’s an issue of your heart. When you’re being lazy, you’re forgetting about the Saviour. Because if you really know who Jesus is, if you really see Him, dwell on Him, and worship Him, as the wise man, you’ll long to become more like Him. Becoming Christlike involves becoming diligent.”
Lastly, as you seek to replace the nettles of neglect with faith-fueled diligence, go to God for help. If you had to ask Him for help, what would your prayer be? Why not write that prayer down?
© Kyle Johnston 2013. Please feel encouraged to use and share this worksheet for ministry/counselling purposes.