No Food for Lazy Man (Monday, November 9, 2020)

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2 Thessalonians 3:8-18

Beloved, the concept of taking responsibility for oneself and one’s family, a basic concept found throughout the scripture is not a protestant work ethic. For the Scripture says, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he had denied the faith and is worse than an unbelievers.” Our Spiritual Nourishment come to you on the theme: No Food for Lazy Man, drawn from 2 Thessalonians 3:8-8.

St. Paul, elsewhere in the Church of Ephesus gave instructions to former thieves: Get a job, do something productive, so that you may add to the community, and not take away from it.

“He who has been stealing must steal no more, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with in need.” (Eph.4:28).

Hard work is the norm laid out in Genesis: “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food…” (Gen. 3:19). The book of proverbs is quite hard on sluggards, saying:

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its way and be wise.” (Prov. 6:6)

“Lazy hand make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in dry season is a wise son, but he who sleep during harvest is a disgraceful son”. (Prov. 10:4-5)

“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.’ (Prov.18:9).

Listen to this one:

I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw; a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come to you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” (Prov. 24:30-34).

Ecclesiastes 10:18 reads, “if a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.” Women too, were responsible to do their share: “the capable wife watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Prov.31:27).

St. Paul must have seen the result of idle women harming the church when he advised Timothy not to put younger women on a list of widows who receive support from the Church, rather, they should remarry.

Hard work is not to be avoided or ashamed of. It is part of the life of a disciple of Jesus! Laziness is a persistent sin, existing from the foundation of the Church. But it is willful when one has no intention to work and support himself.

Lazy people become busybodies and meddlers who hurt relationships in the body. They can discourage church members from being generous and out going to the truly needy. Do not associate with Lazy believers. Yet, we should not grow weary in doing good, but only to grow wiser. A congregation, particular a smaller one, can be like an extended family. Healthy families have a way of exercising a degree of disciplines.

Care for your family members – the aged, infirm, or mentally – challenged. Do your share to make the family work. Take care of the orphans and widows as a Church. God’s grace in the Lord Jesus Christ is with you all.

Let Us pray: Father, give us wisdom in our churches how to help people in tangible ways without making them dependent. We ask for your grace upon people who have lost their jobs or can’t find work. Help them to find good jobs so they may be a blessing to the less privileged. Amen.

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