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LAZINESS

August 5, 2015

Wednesday

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10 

 

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

 
LESSON

 

Paul reminded his readers of his well-known instruction that he frequently repeated when he was with them. “If anyone refused to work,” his brothers and sisters in Christ should not provide for him. Paul may have been alluding to a Jewish proverb based on Gen. 3:19a: By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread. The idle in this case were not unable to work, but “unwilling” to work.

Work is a gift from God also to provide for needs.  Work is a gift from God so that we can serve each other.  And lastly, in the Christian work ethic, work is to be done as if the boss was the Lord Himself.  It says in Colossians chapter 3 and Ephesians 6 that we’re to work as unto the Lord and not men. So the Christian faith does not sanctify the kind of attitude we’re seeing in our own country toward work.  But as Christians, we have to establish the standard.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 21:25

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