The greatest deterrent to diligence is prosperity because it allows for endless amusement. But Proverbs says, “Go to the ant” and “consider its ways.”
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this Sunday?
- Read and discuss Proverbs 6:6-11. What does this mean? What is a sluggard? What are the characteristics of a slothful person?
- How does God’s creation teach us about him? What can we learn by looking to the ant and “considering its ways”?
- What is temptation? What are the characteristics of temptation? What tempts you?
- In what way do you tend to struggle with spiritual sloth? If this is a trajectory in your life, what sort of “poverty” (v.11) are you headed toward?
- “The greatest deterrent to diligence is prosperity.” How have you seen this principle at work?
- In what ways is safety an illusion? How does prosperity blind us from that?
- What is one area of life where you are diligent? What is one area needs growth?
- How can you develop diligence in a weak area of your life? How does the gospel call and enable us to Christ- centered diligence?
- Spend some time in prayer for the things that you have discussed. Ask the Lord to reveal to you the areas of your life in which you need to be diligent. Pray that He would enable you to grow in Him in these areas.