2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Somehow a theology has crept into some Christians that we do not have to work, and God will take care of it all. Just because we have been saved by grace (and not works) does not mean we do not have to work thereafter. Once we are saved for nothing, from then on we are called to “work out our salvation”.
Imagine someone saves you from a certain death, like Pvt. Ryan being saved in the movie “Saving Private Ryan”. He did not have to do much to be saved, in fact he did nothing at all. Now what if Private Ryan would say, “thanks for saving me, the rest of my life I can now be lazy”. He didn’t. His response as an old man standing at his savior’s grave was:
“I’ve tried to live my life the best I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I’ve earned what all of you have done for me.” (from: Saving Private Ryan, movie)
We are called to work. Not because we have to earn our salvation but because there is work to be done. We are not to sit around waiting for someone to come and help us. We are to get up and start helping someone else. We are to get up and work, earn the bread we eat, do something for a living, be a blessing to someone else. If momentarily disabled, we pray for God’s saving grace to heal us, after which we will get up and be an enabler for others.
We are saved by grace, to do works of grace. (1 Corinthians 15:10)