(One must work to receive)
II Thessalonians 3:10 NKJV
Growing up my family didn’t have much. My mom was a school teacher and my dad a school principal. Most of us know teachers anywhere hardly have a living wage to live on, but teachers in Haiti are far worse. Many times, my parents were counting on checks or bonuses to come on time, but wouldn’t come, yet still has 9 mouths to feed in our case.
These obstacles didn’t stop my parents from giving us their best. They would always remind us, the value of not only work, but hard work and the pride to find in it. My dad would always finish it with “Chita pa bay”. Even when the government delayed the monthly check, he knew that he had done his work and was hopeful to receive the payment someday.
This very proverb remind me the story of two farmers both were praying to God for the rain, but only one was preparing his land. When the rain finally comes, the one who make good of it was the farmer already working on his land while waiting for the rain. Trusting God doesn’t mean I sit around and ‘wait’ for something to happen. On the contrary, I need to get busy about whatever things I need to do.
You may not be a farmer and you may not have a literal field to prepare. Your field might be a struggle with finances, a sour marriage, a health challenge, looking for a new job, etc.
Apostle Paul said a warning to the people of Thessalonian, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10 NKJV). That exhortation is also for us today. In our daily walk with Jesus, we need to be vigilant against idleness. To my dissatisfaction, I have seen many of my peers walking aimlessly through life. NO DREAM, NO VISION, NO PLAN, NO DESIRE. Yet, expecting to be fed day in a day out. Take courage that God will provide, but He must get something from you. Faith without work is dead in the water. If you don’t want to work, neither shall you eat because “Chita Pa Bay”.
Today is never a bad time to start. Write down a plan, go put some applications in, update your resume with some volunteer work while waiting for the job you applied for, and learn some transferable skills through your ministry at your local church. No matter what, do not stop Working. There is no wasted time, except for the one you spent on idleness.
My question for you today, “Where or what, in your life are you needing to do to begin to being working instead of sitting around?