“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat”
2 Thessalonians 3:10
Do you realize that Jesus never asked anyone to sow into his life so they could be rich? Think about that for a second.
Imagine also that the Apostle Paul wanted to advise someone who had money problems. Do you think his advice would be: ‘Sow money into my life and reap it in three days’? Not at all. In fact, there’s no need guessing.
The Apostle Paul’s instruction is clear in this regard.
1 Thess. 4:11-12 says: “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” The Apostolic instruction to overcoming lack is work!
You cannot afford to be idle or slothful in your business. Not only is this unwise, it goes against sound doctrine.
The bible does not only tell us to work, it also tells us the kind of attitude we should have towards work.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Do your work as if God is your employer!
Also, be sure to add value to yourself. Improve yourself by getting more marketable skills (Prov. 13:11, Prov. 17:16).
See David for an example. It wasn’t just by dumb luck that he killed Goliath. Of course God was with him, but that guy was competent. He had killed a lion and a bear before then, so even speaking objectively, Goliath was no match for him.
Be diligent. Make sure that you are competent in your field and that you keep improving yourself. Believers are hardworking people.