Inside / Outside #5

“So the Lord God said…to Adam…: Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying,’ you shall not eat from it’

 Cursed is the ground because of you;

In toil you shall eat of it

All the days of your life.

Both thorns and thistles

It shall grow for you

And you shall eat the

Plants of the fields;

By the sweat of your

Face you shall eat bread

Till you return to the ground,

Because from it you were taken,

For you are dust,

And to dust,

And to dust you shall return.”

 Genesis 3:17b-19

 A good day to you as you celebrate or have celebrated this Labor Day of 2011, This is the day which symbolizes the end of summer and the starting of the fall season of the year. For this reason we shall take a one day’s leave from our devotional theme. I will also choose to do a thing different for tomorrow’s devotional time.

The willingness, ability and availability to work and to have work available is an important and indispensable component to a global way of life. For the believer and thus a Christian an idle, non-working person is to be especially noted and marked out. The passage is found in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-14 6 ¶ Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which they received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 neither did we eat bread for nought at any man’s hand, but in labor and travail, working night and day, that we might not burden any of you: 9 not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat. 11 For we hear of some that walk among you disorderly, that work not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well-doing. 14 And if any man obeyeth not our word by this epistle, note that man, that ye have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed.

The questions need to be asked: Is there a willing worker? Is there a worker able? Is the worker available? Is there work available?