If anyone does not provide for his own,
and especially for those of his household,
he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
(I Timothy 5:8)

Scripture References
Genesis 3:17 ... "Cursed be the ground of your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life."
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground
  GOD did not create us to be lazy. Adam was given a job after he was created: to till the garden and keep it. Eve was given a job after she was created: to be Adam’s helper. All of us have a job we are supposed to be doing. Also, everything has a job. The trees have a job, the air has a job, the sun has a job, the heart has a job, the Christian has a job and even the devil has a job. NOTHING that GOD created was created without a job and without a purpose. Everybody has a job!
Exodus 20:9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise. Which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
Proverbs 6:9-11 How long will you slumber, o sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a littte slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep - So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.
Proverbs 10:4-5 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the dilligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Proverbs 12:24-25 The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.
Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 18:9 He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
Proverbs 24:33-34 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.
Proverbs 26:13-16 The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!" As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed. The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

The lazy person is doomed to poverty and this poverty will come in an instant and they will be unprepared to deal with it. They will refuse to work or seek a solution to their problem because this will interrupt their lazy lifestyle. When struck with reality, some lazy people lose their most prized possession, their lazy lifestyle.

The lazy man is a lesson to the believer, that laziness will bring a person to ruin. The lazy man’s work is vain, because they are carelessly attended to. Lazy people lack understanding in situations where they are not the beneficiaries. When you see a lazy person, learn from him and if you see any of his habits cropping up in your life, you will be able to halt the drifting and return to a disciplined life. The lazy man’s ways will eventually mushroom till his destruction will come like a thief in the night. Fast and furious!

Ecclesiastes 3:13 ... every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor - it is the gift of God.
  First there must be "labor" for you to "enjoy the good". Are you enjoying the fruits of your own labor, or are you enjoying the fruit of another man's labor? Do we as Christians have the right to sit around and pick the pockets of hard working people?
Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.
  It's better to work hard for a little and have peace, than to work with much stress and turmoil for a lot of material possessions that brings you only more stress, frustration and discord.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
  God stresses that individuals must not only work hard and persistently but also work smart — and not be hasty but patient in awaiting the fruit of their labor — because they surely will reap what they sow.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
II Thessalonians 3:10 If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
  There is no respect with GOD or man for the soul that will not work.
I Timothy 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

The Example of Paul
Paul was a tentmaker and continued to work wherever he traveled as to not be a burden on the believers whom he visited.
Acts 20:33-35 "I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lrod Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
I Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we prreached to you the gospel of God.
II Thessalonians 3:8 ..nor did we eat anyone's bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.
II Thessalonians 3:10 If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
  The final admonition is that lazy people are not to be tolerated. If they choose not to work, neither should they be fed freely or given handouts. Handouts only confirm their reasoning that they are right and you are wrong.
Laziness is a heinous sin and must be dealt with as one deals with drunkenness and gluttony. Lazy people are dangerous and can pollute entire groups with their schemes. Lazy Christians must be considered sinning brethren and dealt with accordingly for their own good. If we continue to coddle lazy people, they can manipulate us into believing we are the bad guys if we don’t give them a handout.
II Thessalonians 3:11-12 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who aer such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

Waiting for Fortune
He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner. 
~ Benjamin Franklin
The scriptures demonstrate no evidence of anyone sitting still while waiting upon fortune. The Israelites did not sit in the desert for 40 years "waiting" for Canaan to come to them. Abraham did not stop working while waiting for God's promises to be fulfilled.

Speaking and Doing
Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin
An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.  ~Arnold Glasow

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.  ~Peter Marshall

Never mistake motion for action.  ~Ernest Hemingway

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg.  ~Author Unknown

Work Diligently
Proverbs praises diligent hard. Hard work leads to God’s blessing. Diligence brings wealth and profit, as well as personal satisfaction and promotion (Prov.10:4; 13:4; 14:23). Proverbs also condemns and ridicules laziness. Slothfulness frequently results in poverty and scarcity, slavery and bondage, and it never satisfies. Proverbs rebukes the lazy person, often referred to as the “lazybones” (Prov.6:6-11; 20:4; 21:25-26; 24:30-34; 26:14). From the beginning, human work is the God-ordained means by which a person can generate the income necessary to live their life (see Gen. 2:5, 15; Ex.20:9-11). God has given each individual person skills and abilities so that they can use them to serve others in exchange for income (Deut.8:17-18). Christians today should work diligently as unto the Lord, doing their very best to the glory of God (Col.3:23-24). They should develop their skills and abilities, taking responsibility for their own growth and development so that they maximise their God-given potential. Work done well and with a good attitude is rewarded and often leads to promotion (Prov.22:19). When a believer excels in their work, God is honoured. However, work holism and striving to be rich should be avoided (see Prov.23:4-5).
Source: Mark Conner's Space, May 17, 2009.

Sourced Notes

If one does not work, he or she will be a burden for others and eat by other’s work. And, they will become poor and their house will perish: “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.”(Eccl 10:18) So, to the idle Christians, Paul urged to earn their bread: “We hear that some among you are idle… Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.”(11-12) The Bible teaches that we have to make not only our bread but also that of our family (1Tim 5:8) and other needy people, offerings (Eph 4:28, Acts 20:33-35), saving for emergency and future (2Cor 12:14, Tit 3:14), and taxes (Matt 22:21, 17:24-27, Rom 13:1-7).

Our job whether it is paid or not is our calling and vocation. A selfish work only for the benefit of oneself is a bad work and thus no work. It is the sin of sloth. Even though we have enough money to live, we have to work because work is not for money but for contribution and help for others. We may not complain or make excuses that we have no ability to work. In the parable of talent, Jesus said to such a man: “You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?”(Matt 25:26) Even many handicapped people work hard. Many people who are less talented than us work hard.


Source: Exerpts taken from an article written by: Nathan Mates, Idle Hands, September 9, 2010

What does the Bible say about work?

Question: "What does the Bible say about work?"

“No one should ever work. Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.” These words comprise the beginning of an essay penned by Bob Black in 1985 entitled, “The Abolition of Work.” In a leisure-loving culture, many would whole-heartedly echo Black’s sentiment. Americans spend approximately 50% of their waking hours devoted to work. Is work a curse, or is it something that humans were uniquely designed to do? In stark contrast to the assertions of Bob Black, the significance and beneficial nature of work is a resounding theme in the Bible.

The origin of work is depicted in the book of Genesis. In the opening passage, God is the primary worker, busy with the creation of the world (Genesis 1:1-15). The Bible states that God worked for six days and rested on the seventh day. These passages reveal that God was the first to do work on the earth. Therefore, legitimate work reflects the activity of God. Because God is inherently good, work is also inherently good (Psalm 25:8; Ephesians 4:28). Furthermore, Genesis 1:31 declares that when God viewed the fruit of His labor, He called it “very good.” God examined and assessed the quality of His work, and when He determined that He had done a good job, He took pleasure in the outcome. By this example, it is apparent that work should be productive. Work should be conducted in a way that produces the highest quality outcome. The reward for work is the honor and satisfaction that comes from a job well done.

Psalm 19 says that God reveals Himself to the world by His work. Through natural revelation, God’s existence is made known to every person on earth. Thus, work reveals something about the one doing the work. It exposes underlying character, motivations, skills, abilities, and personality traits. Jesus echoed this principle in Matthew 7: 15-20 when He declared that bad trees produce only bad fruit and good trees only good fruit. Isaiah 43:7 indicates that God created man for His own glory. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 we read that whatever we do should be to His glory. The term “glorify” means to give an accurate representation. Therefore, work done by Christians should give the world an accurate picture of God in righteousness, faithfulness, and excellence.

God created man in His image with characteristics like Him. (Genesis1:26-31). He created man to work with Him in the world. God planted a garden and put Adam in it to cultivate and maintain it (Genesis 2:8, 15). Additionally, Adam and Eve were to subdue and rule over the earth. What does this original work mandate mean? To cultivate means to foster growth and to improve. To maintain means to preserve from failure or decline. To subdue means to exercise control and discipline. Rule over means to administer, take responsibility for, and make decisions. This mandate applies to all vocations. The 15th-century Reformation leaders saw an occupation as a ministry before God. Therefore, when viewed as a ministry before God, jobs should be acknowledged as ministries, and workplaces should be considered as mission fields.

The Fall of Man depicted in Genesis 3 generated a change in the nature of work. In response to Adam’s sin, God pronounced several judgments in Genesis 3:17-19, the most severe of which is death. However, labor and the results of labor figure centrally in rest of the judgments. God cursed the ground. Work became difficult. The word “toil” is used, implying challenge, difficulty, exhaustion, and struggle. Work itself was still good, but man must expect that it will be accomplished by “the sweat of his brow.” Also, the result will not always be positive. Although man will eat the plants of the field, the field will also produce thorns and thistles. Hard work and effort will not always be rewarded in the way the laborer expects or desires.

It is also noted that man would be eating from the produce of the field, not the garden. A garden is symbolic of an earthly paradise made by God as a safe enclosure. Gardens also symbolize purity and innocence. The earth or field, on the other hand, represents an unbounded, unprotected space and an emphasis on loss of inhibition and worldliness. Therefore, the work environment can be hostile, especially to Christians (Genesis 39:1-23; Exodus 1:8-22; Nehemiah 4).

It is said that man has three basic needs in life: love, purpose and significance. Many times, humans attempt to find purpose and significance in work itself. In Ecclesiastes 2:4-11, Solomon details his search for meaning in a variety of projects and works of all kinds. Even though the work brought some degree of satisfaction in accomplishment, his conclusion was: “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”

Other critical biblical principles regarding work are:

• Work is done not only to benefit the worker, but also for others (Exodus 23:10-11; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Ephesians 4:28).
• Work is a gift from God and, for His people, will be blessed (Psalm 104:1-35, 127:1-5; Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, 5:18-20; Proverbs 14:23).
• God equips His people for their work (Exodus 31:2-11).

There has been much debate throughout 2009 and 2010 about societal responsibilities and obligations toward the unemployed, uninsured, and uneducated in our society. While many of those affected by economic downturns truly desire to work and can’t find employment, there are a number of U.S. citizens who have become generational welfare recipients, preferring to remain on the government dole. It is interesting to note that the biblical welfare system was a system of work (Leviticus 19:10, 23:22). The Bible is harsh in its condemnation of laziness (Proverbs 18:9). Paul makes the Christian work ethic abundantly clear: “If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially those of his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:28).

In addition, Paul’s instruction to another church regarding those who preferred not to work was to “keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.” And he goes on to say, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’" Instead, Paul instructs those who had been idle: “Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:12).

Although God’s original design for work was perverted by sin, God will one day restore work without the burdens that sin introduced (Isaiah 65:17-25; Revelation 15:1-4, 22:1-11.) Until the day when the New Heavens and New Earth are set in place, the Christian attitude toward work should mirror that of Jesus: “My food, said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34).


The Sloth  
Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
— John Ortberg

The sloth is a tropical mammal that lives much of its life hanging upside-down from tree branches. When obliged to descend to the ground, sloths crawl along a level surface at the rate of ten feet a minute (meaning their top sprint is one-ninth of a mile per hour).

Sloths are generally sluggish and inactive; they build no nests and seek no shelter even for their young. They sleep fifteen to twenty-two hours a day, rising in the late afternoon to eat whatever leaves may be close at hand. Being so passive, they are virtually untrainable, although occasionally you'll find one working as a denominational official or on a roadside construction crew.


Sloth is deceptive and destructive. One reason people don't admit sloth is they don't recognize it.

Sloth doesn't necessarily mean we're doing nothing. Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be ...

How do you spend your time?
Any activity that you engage in that leads you to forsake your duties as a father or mother or to not make sure your family is provided for, is directly opposed to the Word of God.