2 Thessalonians 3: Work Is Good
In 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul encourages the church to continue doing their jobs.
2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
2Th 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
2Th 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
On one hand, this might seem to be incredibly harsh. However, think about what Paul is saying here. If any are not willing to work, then that is their own problem. In previous letters, it is obvious that for those who are not able to work such as elderly widows or orphans, we definitely need to help them out. That is not the question here.
The obvious connotation then is that we who are able to work should work hard. When we go to work, we should do our job. Even in the Garden of Eden, God had work for Adam and Eve to do. Work is not inherently bad. Actually, there is much good that can be done when people work. After all, I think we all enjoy things that are made by hands other than our own. I don’t produce laptops, but I certainly enjoy using the one I am writing this post with. I’m not a farmer, but I enjoy food. Those are good things that come as a result work.
If we are able to work, we should work. Work is not a bad thing, and even though I understand that there are people who do not like their jobs, that job still can be used to help out someone else. We can bless other people by performing jobs that they do not have the ability to do themselves.