A Study of Thessalonians (Part 12) | What Does God Say About Hard Work?
In 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul teaches us what God says about hard work, how we should work, and the mentality we are to have about work.
WHY GOD CALLS US TO WORK
God calls us to work because it reflects our dependence on Him, using His strength and resting in His grace and love as we further His Kingdom.
God calls us to work so we aren’t a burden to others but also to help and provide for those who can’t work. The Bible tells us that we are God’s workmanship and created in Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us. So then, when we work and engage with those around us to glorify God, we are fulfilling what God designed us to do.
2 THESSALONIANS 3:9-14 TELLS US HOW TO WORK AND WHAT IT DOES
“… not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.”
Join Pastor Chad Glover as he further unpacks 5 things hard work does.