Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Wise Ant - October 8, 2015

 
Proverbs 6:6-11;10:4;13:4 (New International Reader's Version)
6 You people who don't want to work, think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander. It has no leader or ruler. 8 But it stores up its food in summer. It gathers its food at harvest time.

9 You lazy people, how long will you lie there? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 You might sleep a little or take a little nap. You might even fold your hands and rest.

11 Then you would be poor, as if someone had robbed you. You would have little, as if someone had stolen from you.
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Proverbs 10:4
4 Hands that don't want to work make you poor. But hands that work hard bring wealth to you.
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Proverbs 13:4
4 People who refuse to work want things and get nothing. But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (New International Version) 11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

It is clear in the passages above that God is does not like people that are lazy, although being a little lazy is probably the favorite pastime of teenagers. He has made us to work, which began with Adam in the garden. The different verses above call us to work diligently and to avoid laziness.

It is important for especially the men reading this that you work to provide for family and as the passage in 1 Thessalonians says, "to work with your hands ...so that you will not be dependent on anybody." The pursuit of a God-given vocation in my opinion is a way that we worship the God who created us to do it. When we fully use the gifts and talents that we are blessed with for the benefit of our families and others around us, then we are truly worshiping the God who made us. I truly believe that we will spend eternity doing some kind of work for the Lord, and what we do now with all our heart, has much to do with what we will do for eternity.

It is up to us, to not only follow the admonition of these verses from the Bible, but to also be sure that we pass them on as instruction for our children and those who come after us.

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