[Preached by Andy Neckar at Community Bible Chapel.  Hico, Texas]

I hate sin. Sin ain't no good for nothing. Sin don't do nothing, but ruin everything. Sin is rotten. I hate it. I hate it in me and I hate it in others. I especially hate it when it seems so obvious and willful in others.

Sin don't do nobody no good.
It is because of sin a man has to work hard for a living, and often the woman has to help him.
It is because of sin that a woman has pain in childbirth.
It is because of sin that much of the world is in poverty and the people go hungry.
It is because of sin that we suffer depression, anxiety and fear, and guilt and remorse.

Sin ain't no good for nothing.
It takes away our innocence.
It takes away the beauty of the natural born character.
It make us rotten inside and out.
It makes us sorry and no good.
It turns lovable babies into monsters
We become like sin.
We become sin itself.
We become good for nothing.

What is good about burning in hell forever? If that's good, I want no part of good. Sin ain't no good for nothing, and we become sin. So- what does that make us? Add two and two together.

I say it again. Sin don't do nobody no good.
It is because of sin that we get sick.
It is because of sin that we get tired.
It is because of sin that we get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
It is because of sin that some of us get fat.
It is because of sin that we all get old if we don't die first
It is because of sin that we die-period.
It is because of sin that when we get old our bodies get ugly.
It is because of sin that our spirits, young or old, get ugly from the moment we sin.
It is because of sin that we can't get along with each other.
It is because of sin that it gets too hot.
It is because of sin that it gets too cold and too wet and too dry.
It is because of sin that it don't rain enough and we have a drought, and because it rains too much and we have floods.
It is because of sin that the wind blows too hard in hurricanes and tornadoes.
It is because of sin that fires get out of hand.

Sin ain't no good for nothing. I hate it.
I like to look back on my life and reflect on fond memories. But I cain't. Sin won't let me. It's always there in my way.

I go back in time some to remember the "good times". But sin is always there to remind me that those weren't really good times at all.

So I go a little further back. Surely I can go back further than sin can-right? WRONG. Sin goes as far back as I can remember.

If sin goes back further than that-then back then I had no sin. But I cain't remember back that far. Now that ain't fair. I would like to have some fond childhood and early adult memories. It just ain't fair. But who can I blame?

Do I blame God-or my parents-or circumstances, or what? Some people do, you know. They want fond memories of their past life no matter what or who they have to blame. They know why. The why, of the what and the who, is because they won't put the blame where it belongs. Now that is when sin becomes increased. Sin piles upon sin. It is usually at this point that sin determines where they will end up.

For want of fond memories many people go to hell. That's all sin is good for. It's good for nothing but hell. It just ain't worth it. I ain't going where sin will take me. I got particular with what and whom I ride with. I don't need fond memories that bad.

I envy those that got saved from sin at an early age. Now these folks can have the cake and eat it too. They can have some fond memories of their childhood and early adult life, but I cain't. My fond memories don't start until 1991. But I got just as much time left to reflect on them as those who were saved at an early age.

When I've reflected on those few years of salvation for ten thousand years, I've no less days to give Him praise that when I first begun.

I'm gonna make sure I have a little bit to praise Him for other than my salvation. He put me to work and I'm not gonna mess around. I'm gonna work.

I'm gonna tell the world "how the cow eats the cabbage." I ain't got no past life to reflect on so that gives me more time to concentrate on the future. God gave me a little niche to fill and I'm gonna work to fill it " 'til the cows come home". I'm gonna "keep on keeping on" 'til He comes to take me home for keeps.

I was given a gift and I'm not gonna be stingy with the gifts the Holy Spirit of God gave me. I'm not gonna act like I don't have one. If He gives me a bicycle He ain't gonna stop there. He's gonna teach me how to ride it. Then when He teaches me how to ride it He's gonna expect be to give others a bicycle ride. I cannot make use of a Spirit given gift until I give it away.

If you be a Christian, you too, have a gift, or gifts. Most Christians are stingy with their gifts, and even worst, they may be given a bicycle but they are too lazy to put out the effort for the Spirit to teach then to ride it.

Not me. I'm gonna share my gifts. All the world may forsake me because they don't want no part of my gifts because they know that if they stick around they're gonna get it. The benefits of the gift, that is.

I'm gonna go on preaching and teaching, "come what may". It may be that at some date Mom may be the only person that "may come", but I'm gonna get the job done and she's gonna help me. She's my helpmeet you know, and that don't only mean her working at Wal Mart.

I can say this in confidence because she knows that. She knows I hate sin with a purple passion

I'm gonna preach against sin wherever I find it. The sin I'm gonna preach against is willful sin. The sin of willful disobedience and Christian slothfulness. This is laziness. This is the indifferent. This is the apathetic and unresponsive. This is the disinterested and unemployed. This is the idle Christian who is not working. The Christian who is not occupied in some work for the Lord.

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Christ delivered unto us gifts of the Spirit and said unto us, -work-busy yourself till I come

Mom works at Wal Mart. She is a Wal Mart associate, but she is not the only Wal Mart associate at the Stephenville store. It "gets her goat" to associate with another associate that don't do the work of an associate. She has good things to say about a productive fellow associate, but she is mainly silent concerning the unproductive ones. If one is ever brought up in family conversation it is usually in the contour of a negative comment or statement, because these kind do not occupy themselves with the reason they were employed by the firm.

Many Christians are like lazy employees. They want to receive the benefits the company has to offer. (eternal life) They want to receive equal pay. They call themselves fellow employees, that is, fellow members of the Body of Christ, yet they do not want to do the work of a fellow servant. They say they are members of the same Body but they are content to let another member of the Body do all the work.

When you must be at work with a fellow employee that fits this description you don't like it at all. I know you don't unless you too, fit this description on your job. But if you be a hard and loyal worker on the job don't it just gripe you to put with a lazy know it all?

What about your job on this earth as a member of the Body of Christ? Don't you think that hard workers that are loyal to the job committed to them feel the same way? Do you think a fellow Christian doing his best must feel differently than you do.

And if you get exhorted by other members of the Body (employees) or reprimanded by a leading elder do you get offended? Yet if this was to happen on your job you would probably think, "well it's about time management took notice, and maybe now that person will begin to do his part".

After all-he knew what was expected of him when he came to be one of us. It he didn't he should have. It's nobody's fault but his own.

Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

After all, you just want him to do what is expected of him, that's all. But a faithful servant of the Lord should do even more.

I believe we all know that an employee should do more than expected to gain favor of management. It is only those that strive that are commented.

The Master has this to say about some of His employees. "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord". (Matt 25:21)

These servants did more than just hold on to the things the Master gave them, they put them to good use. They went above and beyond the call of duty

Do all soldiers get metals of recognition, or only those that performed above and beyond the call of duty?

Those servants that do only what they are told are reprimanded.

Luke 17:9-10 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow (think) not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

In Matt 25:24-30, Jesus tells of a servant that took his gift and did nothing with it. Absolutely nothing. He buried it. What would you say if you gave me a gift and I buried it. You'd probably be tempted to take it back. Most likely I'd never get another one from you that's for sure.

That's what Jesus done. He took the gift back and gave it to another servant.

Matt 25:24-25 says that the unprofitable servant was cast into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Now, since this man is named a servant he is saved.  So the only thing that the passage could mean is that the unprofitable servant will weep and gnash his teeth when he suffers loss as in this verse.

1 Cor 3:14-15 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: (be cast away-receive damage-suffer disadvantage-being deprived of) but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The Christian will be held responsible for the gifts the Master gave to him. By using his gifts a child of God can gain reward or he can hide or bury his gift or be too lazy to use it and suffer loss.

We really need to think about what the Bible teaches, 'cause eternity lasts a long time. When you get to face the Lord and tell Him, "I didn't know", He's gonna say, "why didn't you study my Word to show yourself approved."

We need to think on these things. We're not gonna live here forever. I remember when I was your age. It wasn't that long ago.

Think about it.