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If You Don't Work, You Don't Eat

For even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any would not work neither should he eat.  1 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.When growing up, I was lazy about a lot of things.

I didn’t enjoy doing schoolwork. I didn't like the thought of doing chores, even though my parents didn't make me do them often. If I wasn't sleeping, I was thinking about a worship service I had recently attended.

For even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any would not work neither should he eat. The familiar phrase, "If you don't work you don't eat," is a paraphrase of this Bible verse. The people to whom Paul wrote this warning attended a church that did too much looking for Jesus to return. They were so obsessed that all they did was sit around. Their boredom led them to become busybodies who stuck their noses into other people's business—a bad practice.

Christians differ in their ideas about the details of Jesus' return. Regardless, God wants us to live for Him, so we'll be ready when Christ returns or when He calls us at death.

The saying, “They are so heavenly minded they’re no earthly good” speaks about the person who wants to do nothing but talk about the Lord all the time but won't work like they should—not only in schoolwork but also in all other areas. God wants us to do a good job in whatever we do so we’ll have a good reputation when we talk to sinners about the Lord.

Although I ultimately write for the Lord, my goal is to make a living by writing devotions.

Regardless of what type of work you do, do it for God's glory so you can be a shining example for Him.

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Darrell Waters

Darrell Waters loves Jesus and wants to please Him in all he says, thinks, and does. He is legally blind and disabled but feels that devotional writing is his calling in life. Darrell sings in the choir and also specials on a singers' list in Sunday services as well as on Wednesday nights.