Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
—2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
by: Kay Samuels.
My mother always said, “Satan finds work for idle hands.” This probably goes hand in hand with Paul’s instruction, “If you do not work, you should not eat.” From an early age I understood the importance of work. I find that those who work typically know that as well. Work is essential to our existence. God placed man in the garden to work. God is always at work . Hard work is rewarded. People who are idle have too much time on their hands and often meddle and cause problems. This led Paul to say, “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” Work!