2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Follows yesterday’s post of my article on Psalm 128:2. In this verse today Paul is reminding the church at Thessalonica that he had taught them pertaining to this principle. I titled a recent term paper “Generational Degeneration.” The point being that when examining the propagation of principles from one generation to the next, there is a great lack of emphasis in some areas. One area that stands out among all others in the work ethic. One must be very careful not to cross over to the political realm here, but there is a mentality in the world today that the world today owes those in the world today. Owe them what? The list would be, seemingly, endless! Behind it all is the concept that someone else is going to supply any thing anyone needs, at any time, at any place, no matter how great that need might be.
The Biblical precept has long since been pushed aside. Reasons? Probably many! One main reason may be that it is so much easier to let someone else provide than to take responsibility for oneself. That, of course, leads to myriads of other issues.
Probably, and this is my opinion, the worse thing it leads to is a lack of self-discipline, which is, again in my opinion, the most difficult of all disciplines. Doesn’t take much, or any at all, self-discipline to sit idly by, do only what one wants to do, while someone else is having to do all that one should be doing for him/herself.
My fear is that there is an enabling aspect to all this. Let’s face it, if one can get something for nothing without having to work for it, it’s a given that most folks would accept that lifestyle.
I can remember, as far back as I can remember, the old adage “Nothing in life is free.” How true is that!
Just remember, everything that may be free for you more than likely cost someone else something. Freedom is free, except to those who have suffered and died to give it us. Salvation is free except to Jesus Christ who died that we might have it.
“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” may seem of little significance, but it has a much broader parameter than at first glance.