Ephesians 4:28, “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.”
Too many steal. Steal good. Steal time. Stealing. There is something to be said about that. There is something to be said about hard work and the joy is brings.
Let him who stole steal no longer. Stealing is not only about taking what is not belonging but a complete breakdown of trust. Stealing does not take work or does it? I feel that stealing takes more work to complete than hard work does. Stealing has to be done like in a cloak of darkness to avoid anyone knowing about it. hard work can be seen by all and is something to be proud of. Something accomplished and not just taken.
Let him labor. Labor is a good thing. It is something to long to be able to do. There are so many that cannot labor due to physical or mental setbacks. They need to be taken care of by others. So, while one is able, one should labor. Work hard for a meal. Work hard for the money earned. Work hard for that piece of paper saying such and such a degree from such and such a place. Working hard is not a punishment. It is a privilege, given by God.
Working with his hands what is good. There is also something to be said about working with one’s hands. It is a way to become one with the project. It helps a person to show what can be done. God has blessed man with so many things. With man’s hands, trains, planes, cars, and even building have been made. The hands of a doctor can mend another. The hands of a landscaper can make a yard beautiful. The hands of a mechanic can put a full disassembled vehicle back together. Hands are a blessing from God. We should use them.
May give to him that has need. There are those that cannot work. There are those that do not have hands or feet or a sound mind. Those people need care from others. They need support to make it through. That is why hard work is also appreciated. It is appreciated by those that cannot. If work can be done, it should. Do all that can be done while it can be done. Once it can’t be done, it will be done by another. That can be tougher than doing the work. Giving in to another. But at a point, it must be done.
Hard work is to be done for a season. Once that season is done, it is time to move on. Hard work is good. Stealing is wrong. Do hard work. Skip stealing. Stealing does not profit anyone. Hard work, because of God. Hard work, to honor God and all that He has done.
Thank You for hard work. It may not be fun during it, but in the end, it is rewarding. It is only because of You that we can do what we do. I pray that we all use the talents and gifts that we have when we can use them. Help me to work hard for you and for others to work hard to help out others. There are those that need help and those that are able need to step up for those that can’t. You work hard daily for us. The least we can do is work hard for others, Your creation.
In Your name we pray,