Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Can You Get Along Without Working?

Should Christians take advantage of social services like state sponsored food stamps, and section eight housing when they could earn enough for these things instead?

"We hear that some among you are idle. They not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12.

The Bible uses strong language here. God through the Apostle gives us a command and further urges us in the Lord to earn our living. When God gives a command it is an imperative from the Almighty. It is not a suggestion or only advice- it is holy marching orders. The authority of God is behind the words "earn the bread."

To urge is to say hurry up, get on with it, and don't wait any longer.  It is the sense of do it now.

When God created man He put man in the garden to till the soil. One of the purposes The Lord had for man was work. He created us to find satisfaction in work. To be idle and not work is against the intention of the Our Creator.

To get benefits by not working is theft because the lazy person benefits unjustly from the labor of others. If a person is not able to work that is another matter and it should be the joy and privilege of those who have been blessed with this world's goods to aid them. The ones who do not work are robbing those resources that can be given to those who are truly in need.

Jesus said, "I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)The person who refuses to live productively is a living denial of the purpose of God in their lives. We cannot have the abundant life if we are rejecting God's commands and the words quoted above are a command.

Avoiding work does not give the best in life but working productively fulfills one of the purposes God has for you.

(c) Adron

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