Our culture is not working. America was built on hard work and endurance. It seems like we are now living in a culture where not working is the new norm. I will use my personal experiences as an example for this illustration.
I started my business about 17 years ago. When I tried to find workers, I never had a problem. In fact, I had to turn away great people because I hadn't grown my company enough to employ them yet. Over the past decade, I noticed a transition in our workforce. It was becoming harder and harder to find skilled people. Over the past several years, skilled workers are nearly nonexistent. You have to beg people to work for you.
Once you hire them, you have to put up with not showing up or showing up late.
Where I live, there are “now hiring” signs everywhere you go. Low paying jobs and middle-income jobs are plentiful. All this work and not enough takers.
So what does the Bible tell us about working? Is there any Biblical merit to going to work every day?
What the Bible says about not working.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
So should we work? Yes. Thessalonians tells us that if we are not willing to work, we should not be allowed to eat. We should do our work as if doing it for the Lord, not men. Having idle hands does not feed ourselves, put clothes on our back or a roof over our head. We should work to our abilities and do it so that it is pleasing to the Lord.
Our society is not doing anyone any favors by creating an environment where people are not required to work to provide for themselves.
Proverbs 12:11 “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”
Let us be of the mindset that produces abundant food. Not working will lead to senselessness.