Earning the bread you eat

There are not many ‘rules’ in the New Testament. Still I have found this one:

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 Even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”  11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

A great verse speaking against laziness. Some people do not work in the pretense of “waiting on the Lord” or “trusting him for provision”. I once met a person who asked me to pay for her meal when we went out with a group of people since she was “trusting in the Lord”. But she did not work. Well, that was the last time I tried to “help” someone who really needed a revelation about doing the right thing.

The Lord has given us the means to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) so if we do not work we are actually rejecting the purpose for which we were made, whilst trying to rely on the benevolence of other people. Paul is very clear in his statement: if you do not work on purpose, then you shall not eat. That means, you will feel the pain of the disobedience not to work (you will get hungry), which will force you to start doing the right thing again: do something, earn something! Even Paul always worked “night and day” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 & 2 Thessalonians 3:8) in order not be a burden to anyone.

Such statements sound very religious and spiritual but they reject the word of God. Never allow this kind of mistaken spirituality to reign and rule above the revealed word of God. Earn the bread you eat.

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