For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. [2 Thessalonians 3:10-12].

Idleness is an inclination not to do work or engage in activities. God frowns at idleness, and He certainly does not use the idle to carry out His tasks. In order for you to make consistent progress in life as a Christian, you must not be idle, but must work. Our opening scripture says, if you’re not willing to work, then you should not eat; meaning, you shouldn’t want success when you have no desire to work for it.

Idleness makes room for laziness, which creates insensitivity to one’s responsibility,  thus, hindering one from making significant progress in life. Idleness is an enemy to God’s blessings and success. Idleness is a state of mind where you think you have nothing to do or can do nothing. Booker T. Washington said, “…people who accomplish great things believe they can do it”. Therefore, in order to accomplish great things, you must first change your mind-set, and carry with you the “I can do” mentality. The combination of idleness and unwillingness to labour is tantamount to the harvest of emptiness and poverty.

As a Christian, God has vested so much potentials in us, but these potentials will become useless if we refuse to do anything about it. You cannot be profitable to yourself, to God, or to life as a whole if you allow yourself to be idle. Make up your mind today, to work and always find something positive to do, so you could always walk in God’s blessings. SHALOM.

Father, I thank You for Your ability that is at work in me. I receive the grace to accept responsibility and fulfill my purpose here on earth. I refuse to give in to idle living and laziness, rather, I give myself to a life of profitable living that is subject to God’s word. I receive strength, wisdom and zeal to do every task ahead of me diligently, in Jesus Name. Amen.

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