'Take care of your own business, and do your own work...' 1 Thessalonians 4:11 NCV
If you’ve seen ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ you’ve witnessed a cleverly edited programme about a group of often driven and difficult people telling entrepreneur Mark Bouris they’re really hard workers and how much money they’re going to make. Pretty extreme, but there are people like that out there.
At the other end of the spectrum is the stereotype of the workshy sponging–off–parents people, half asleep on the sofa. Calling in ‘sick’ to classes or not very interested in finding a job. This might not be your style, but we have to be wary—laziness is something that will catch you out if you let it (check out Proverbs 13:4). Are we condemning you? No, we just want you to make the most of the time on your hands.
In Acts 18 we read about Paul. Even as he travelled around, in between preaching and teaching, he made tents to provide for himself, not always relying on people to provide for him. Tents? It was a profitable trade at that time. He worked with dedication and persistence in something that wasn’t the important, central part of his life’s mission, in order to allow it to go on. So wherever life is taking you, work hard as if you were doing it for the Lord Himself. Make a list of all the things you spend time doing in a week and estimate the hours of time spent on each. Is your balance right, or does something need to change?
SoulFood: 2 Kings 7-9, Matt 20:24-34, Ps 27, Pro 7:10-20
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