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The Benefit of Working

by Brett Fuller on November 04, 2019

When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, He told them He had given, “…every tree that has fruit, yielding seed in it, as food… (Genesis 1:28).” The Lord then tied Adam’s diet to his ability to labor in the Garden. Genesis 2:15 says, “And the Lord God put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.” Thus, a good work ethic was important to his provision.

Paul confirms this idea in the second letter to the Thessalonians when he says in 2:10 “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat either.” Paul was not condemning the unemployed who desired work, he was reproving the lazy.

If you are employed, strive to perform your duties well so that food will continue to fill your fridge. However, if know someone who is able bodied and not gainfully employed because they choose not to work, they might want to back away from the table. Live right, live well…