Do Your Work
2 Thessalonians 3:9-13(NIV)
9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Idleness is defined as not working, unemployed or doing nothing. During the hot days of summer, the heat can make us want to do more relaxing and less work. Around my office, I see more empty cubicles as people want to take their vacation days around this time. Some of our customers could also be on vacation so there is no buying decision, which means that there are more people who are in a position of idleness. In this case, it doesn’t mean that they are lazy, but there is less work to do.
This passage was referring to a type of idleness that is equivalent to being lazy and deliberately not doing anything. Those who don’t work will have no money to pay for food. Their only option is to beg, borrow or to take advantage of others who are generous enough to help. Paul was relating the concept of earning the food they eat to never tire of doing what is good. To me, that means that we need to work and that is a good thing. When you are employed, you are in a position to help others instead of others helping you. Paul had the same mentality on his missionary journey as he didn’t rely on the help of others, but worked as well.