By Ron Thomas
The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession (Proverbs 12:27, NKJV).
The Scriptures are clear with regard to one who is lazy: he is not to be given food by those who work for their living; rather, he is to be forced to provide for himself (2 Thessalonians 3). There is no help given to a lazy person who refuses to work, or even to one who feigns working, but is a sluggard. Neither does it help when some sort of handout is received from those who are charitable. How can this be of any help to him if it only feeds him for a day? On the other hand, the man who is diligent, the one who puts forth effort to provide for himself and his family is not only an asset to his family, but to the community also. When he renders charity – now that’s help!
- Ron Thomas preacher for the Sunrush Church of Christ, Chillicothe, OH. He may be contacted through the congregation's website http://sunrushchurchofchrist.com/