What I am NOT talking about here is #planning, #evaluating, rest, or any other type of #PurposefulPause. But what IS on my heart this morning is a strong sense that a #SpiritOfPassivity is attempting to dominate our culture. If this spirit is allowed to persist, it could absolutely paralyze our future. We cannot allow this to happen!
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” -The Apostle Paul, Colossians 3:23 NLT (The Bible, New Living Translation)
“Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious. Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? ‘If you don’t work, you don’t eat.’ And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.”-The Apostle Paul, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 MSG (The Message Paraphrase)