It is completely unnatural to be unable to work for an extended period of time. It’s abominable. It’s ungodly, and there’s no excuse—even in the context of an economy that doesn’t create jobs. Get up and get to work. If necessary, volunteer. Make use of your free time. The concept of unemployment was so foreign to the disciples’ culture that a rumour spread that there were brethren in the church who were not working at all. Instead, they were agitators.
We must be freed from the spirit of the busybodies. The devil assigns work to idle hands. He places thoughts in the minds of those who are idle. He puts words in the mouths of those who are idle. If you don’t have a mission when you wake up in the morning, he’ll fill your mind with mischief.
How Long Have You Been Idle?
When you have too much time on your hands, it is not the Sabbath. The adversary can steal this time and use it to his advantage. Consider the gossipers you know. “Why do you have so much time to gossip about everyone else?” you ask.
It’s your harried self. Your mind is full of mischief because it is idle and devoid of mission. Is there anything else to think about? “I’m not done yet.” But you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good, and if any man does not obey our word by this epistle, take note of him and avoid company with him so that he may be ashamed.”
You go up to that brother and ask him, “How are you doing?” How are you, bro? So, what are you going to do?” He could say, “Nothing.” “Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother,” the Bible says.
“Brother, man, come here. Listen. It’s not right. You are made in God’s image and likeness. You have limitless creative potential within you. I know they aren’t going to give you a job, but you can create one. Do something, volunteer. Don’t be in bed at 9:00 a.m. when everyone else is up at 7:00 a.m. Brother, get up and go to work. Come on, clean up. “Repair yourself, brother.”
Don’t point fingers at the government. Don’t point fingers at the economy. I assure you that the government will not prevent you from working. They may not pay you for it, but remember that your career calling is about working for God and seeking God’s reward, not the government or the economy.
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