NO WORK, NO FOOD!
“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eats.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, urged them to desist from idleness and start working. Laziness is not a Christian virtue or quality in any way. While Jesus was on earth, He made this clear by His lifestyle of hard work. A lifestyle of laziness was condemned in scriptures typified by today’s bible reading.
There are still some people that are expecting God to rain manna on earth! Things do not work that way anymore. Not long after the Israelites settled in the land flowing with milk and honey, while they had been fed with the land’s produce, the manna ceased. The expectations of God over them was that they cultivate the land and await the bountiful harvest.
You must know that working is a divine attribute. Some people might have thought that the idea of work emanates as a result of sin. This is not true because God himself works (John 5:17). It was brought to the notice of Apostle Paul that some so-called brethren were idle in the early church. Paul’s response was quick and personal, showing himself, not only being an Apostle but also hardworking.
The command was directed at those who are capable of working but refuse to work rather than those who are unable to do so. Believers are to be recognized with hard work, and not for a lazy attitude. Therefore, we should not think that we can sit back and doing nothing. Instead, we should take the time to learn how to make our efforts count. Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard desires, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”
- Father, take away every form of idleness from my life and bless me with a befitting work.
- May the Lord bless you in all your works and whatever you do in Jesus’ name.