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Nature and purpose of leisure

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Scripture affirms that periods of rest and leisure are part of God’s creation order. These periods of rest are to be used wisely.

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The need for leisure

The Sabbath rest

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Rest commanded by Jesus Christ

Mark 6:31–32 NIV
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

Leisure a gift of God

Psalm 23:2 NIV
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
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Loss of leisure a judgment

Isaiah 48:22 NIV
“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
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Responsible use of leisure

Work must come first

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Remember God’s presence

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
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Use time wisely

Ephesians 5:15–16 NIV
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

The dangers of leisure

Idleness

1 Timothy 5:13 NIV
Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.
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Preoccupation with pleasure

Luke 8:14 NIV
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
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Susceptibility to sin

1 Timothy 5:13 NIV
Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.
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Spiritual complacency

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