Kids Bible Sermon overcoming laziness & a slothful sluggard spirit

Have you ever noticed that T.V. shows portray laziness as a good thing?
When you watch certain shows the kid that gets away with not working is considered the smart kid. Somehow fooling people in order to do less work is supposed to be “cool”.
But the truth is that a lie is being taught through many of these programs.
Many people see work as a punishment- they misinterpret the Bible verse in Genesis where God states the consequences of Adam’s sin.

Let’s see that verse:

Genesis 3:17-19
“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.”

As you can see, work was not a consequence but the ground was cursed. That means that before sin Adam could produce the food with much less work but now with the curse he had obstacles.

With only a small amount of work Adam could reap the results in the Garden of Eden.
There were no thorns and thistles and illnesses to contend with before sin.
But even though none of these things existed there still was work. God ordained work before the fall which means work in itself was not a punishment.

We find this truth in

Genesis 2:15
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

Being productive and working is a wonderful blessing that God has given us. We just saw the verse in which He said this even before the fall.
The faithful angels in heaven also work. God’s faithful angels did not sin yet they work. They have a purpose. Work is an opportunity to get something accomplished. It’s a part of our purpose here on Earth.

God uses our efforts and our work to bless other people also.
Even animals and insects were created with a purpose. The Lord designed them in such a way that they naturally work and build things for themselves and their families.
Squirrels store up their food to last all though the winter until spring comes around again.
Here’s a very cute video of a chipmunk (which is a kind of squirrel).

The ant is another example of not being lazy. Even though the ant doesn’t have a “boss” it still works very hard.
Here’s a video about ants and how they work very hard and they also work together:
Red Fire Ants

God tells us in His word that we need to look at the ant as an example of how we should be.

Proverbs 6:6-8
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.

You see ants and squirrels not only work for what they need today. We should also think ahead and prepare ourselves for more difficult moments. We should do just as the ant does.
Having fun is great and there is a time and a place for having fun. It shouldn’t be our goal to have fun all day long. There are things in life that aren’t fun. But they are necessary.
When these “out of reality” T.V. shows promote being lazy and not thinking ahead they are encouraging others to believe a lie. The fact is that we need to think ahead and work. The consequences of not working can be devastating as we see in the following verses.

Proverbs 6:9 – 11
“How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

As you can see from these verses there are consequences to being lazy.
There are also rewards for working hard. We must be thankful for all of our blessings.
On the other hand, there are those that are the complete opposite of lazy and work way too much. Their life is all about work. That is the other extreme of things which also is not correct. There’s a time for everything – a time to work and a time to rest as we see in

Ecclesiastes 3:1
“To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

We need to be balanced on how we see work. It’s a blessing.
Another word for laziness is slothfulness. Any time there are thoughts of frustration for having to work or if you feel like being lazy simply remember these Bible verses.

Proverbs 19:15
“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”

Proverbs 19:24
“A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10- 12
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”

Music to sing with this lesson:

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Veggietales. Here’s a really cute song by them that talk about some lazy pirates.
We don’t want to be like the pirates who don’t do anything and just sit around:

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24 Comments on "Kids Bible Sermon overcoming laziness & a slothful sluggard spirit"

  1. Cindy Rose Silver  

    AMAZING! Thats the best way to discribe your work. Your illustrations and colors are wonderful. Your message comes across loud and clear. Thank you Eren,
    you have again blessed us all with your creativity.
    I know this is meant for children but even as an adult I can learn from this scripture.
    Cindy Rose Silver

  2. Diane L. Harris  


    What a wonderful lesson about the blessing of having work to do. Laziness is a curse, not the mark of a clever mind.

    Have you written any children’s books?

  3. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Diane =)
    I’ve actually written some kids books, poems and even songs- but haven’t published any yet. I’ve posted a few things here on my site.
    I wrote a Bible abc poem and made some free Bible coloring pages to go along with the poem. I thought it would be a great way to introduce the alphabet to kids- (through God’s truths.)
    I’m so glad you stopped by.
    I really enjoyed the post that you wrote (Woman of God has a nervous breakdown )- very deep.
    Blessings to you,

  4. Wesley Crawford  

    Eren, I love your blog. You have an artistic way of get your point across, a gift from God, no doubt. God bless.

  5. Lisa Marie Mary  

    What a great lesson, Eren – one I need myself, for sure! And I can’t think of a better way to end it than with The Veggie Tales! I just love those guys!! 😀

  6. Eren Mckay  

    They are adorable aren’t they my friend?
    I love Veggie Tales- they always give me a great laugh 😉

  7. lance  

    There are also rewards for working hard. I have been working for 1o years and sometime I having a doubt where i am going. In just one day i won raffle from department stores. Its actually a 4 wheel vehicles. I have participated in many raffle events before and i have lost my appetite to think positively.

    I find myself rewarded for God give gifts to those in need.

  8. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Lance,
    Sorry I took so long to respond to your comment. Lots of things were going on in my life but thank the Lord they are all resolved now.
    I have to completely agree with you. The Lord is faithful and when we think all is lost He gives us a solution. If we will always remember to not look at the present circumstances if they are bad but look at things with the eyes of faith then He is faithful and will answer.
    I love what Jesus said in Matthew 7:7- 11
    “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

    For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

    Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

    Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

    I’m so glad that you won those! What a blessing from the Lord.
    If you would like to sign up to the Embracing Home Newsletter for Christian encouragement for your home and family life, you can do so at the top right.
    Eren Mckay

  9. Olivia  

    Wow that was a blessed word that evil spirit has possesed my family for generations. I added you to my email and the wisdom that God has blessed you with is a blessing. To God be the glory. I see deliverance taking place in my family starting with me. Keep being faithful unto the Lord your gift that He has blessed you with will make room for promotion. Blessings to you Sis. Eren!!!

  10. Eren Mckay  

    It’s so nice to meet you. I’m glad that this Bible study has touched you in such a deep way. I wanted to share these truths to my 3 boys because they had been acting lazy. They needed to understand the value of work and being diligent. Especially because they will one day be heads of families.
    I’m very happy that this has helped you. May the Lord continue blessing you and your family.
    In Christ,

  11. Robert Green  

    Hi Erin,
    How does procrastination fit into this? We all tend to procrastinate on one thing or another…. Is that being lazy?


  12. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Robert,
    Sometimes procrastination looks like laziness but it truly is not the same thing.
    The root of procrastination is not laziness but fear. By facing your fears you’ll be able to move forward in your goals.
    Hope this helps 🙂
    Blessings ♥,

  13. Tiany  

    Thank you a ton for this precious Bible Study, it was just what I needed today in a hurry as my 4 boys and I were trying to do some cleaning and ran into some problems. LOL I quickly switched the days Bible Study over to this!! They loved it. Thank you and many blessings!!


  14. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Tiany!
    Thank you. I’m so glad this helped. I was inspired to write it after my kids kept wanting to sit around and watch T.V. all day and mumble when I would ask them to do something. They have gotten a lot better now. This Bible study helped them understand that being lazy is not cool at all.
    Blessings ♥,

  15. starr  


  16. Jeffrey Sams  

    Hi Eren
    I was doing some research for my next book when I came across your wonderful website. I absolutely love it!I have been involved in music ministry close to 30 years. God has blessed me to write a book entitled Devil in a Choir Robe. I want to get a website with the quality of yours; it is very impressive. Can you help?

  17. Eren Mckay  

    @Starr – I’m glad you like it!

    @Jeffrey – Sounds like a great book that you’ll be writing. I’ll email you telling you my recommendations.

    Blessings ♥,

  18. Nicole K  

    Great! Thank you!
    Do you have any craft ideas for elementary kids that would go well with a bible story about being lazy?
    Thanks so much!

  19. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Nicole – So glad you liked it.. I don’t have any lazy craft ideas at the moment.. I do have a free printable ABC Bible Poem Coloring Book that the kids you are teaching may enjoy:
    Here’s the link:

    Thanks for stopping by 😉
    Blessings ღ,

  20. Amanda  

    Thank you! This is just what I was looking for! I have 4 kids and 2 out of 4 of them do anything and everything to get out of work. It baffles me. Will be doing this bible study with them tomorrow!

  21. Eren Mckay  

    So glad you liked it Amanda!!
    I’m sure they will like the veggietales song that goes with this lesson 🙂

  22. Zachary Nickerson  

    I just finished reading this lesson. I like it ~ it was convicting even though I do some work. I’m 17 and I’ve been saved for 7 years and have always tried to do my best as a Christian but the part that got me was the preparing ahead it’s a concept that I never thought about. Also, I’m writing a report about sloths and what the Bible has to say about about laziness and this helped me think of some more things to put in the report.
    thanks GOD bless.

  23. Amy Curtis  

    LOVED this! Actually, I found it while searching for things to fit my teen girl’s sunday school lesson about living our life to our potential (not being lazy really fits in well with this!)

    Even though I teach teens, they still like the fun stuff. I plan to show the veggietales clip 🙂

  24. Please pray for my 21 yr old grandson, Andrew Lennox  

    Please pray for my Grandson, Andrew Lennox, that he be delivered from the spirit of slothfulness. I trust this site and believe that those that wrote in will pray. There is power in numbers, and he is an all powerful God, in Jesus name.
    Thank You, V Lennox

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