Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Good For Business: Devotions From A Time Of Grace”. It is only 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
“For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
My grandparents had a sign on their kitchen wall for years. It read, “I like work. It fascinates me. I could sit and look at it for hours.” The sign was a joke–they both came from immigrant stock and were hard workers all their lives. But it expresses the inner longing of the lazy sinner in each of us.
God made us to work. He himself labored mightily to create our beautiful world, and he works every minute of every day sustaining the working of stars and planets, rainfall and evaporation, seeds and fertility, gravity and friction. His first words to his first man, Adam, were instructions to carry out an inventory of the Garden of Eden.
The Christian faith is good for business because it teaches a powerful work ethic: “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:11,12). A company that has a culture where work is disrespected and avoided wherever possible will not last long.
A successful company has leaders who are not afraid of long hours and intense effort, who work hard to improve their products and services, stay lean and efficient, recruit and promote the best possible talent, and inspire their workers to produce the best possible quality.
Oh how it is so easy to be lazy. Who doesn’t enjoy it? I at least know that Bruno Mars agrees with me. However, we were not designed to be lazy. Sure, we were designed to rest… one day of the week. Battling laziness is hard to do for many of us, including myself. What you need to do is find a way to combat it in an effective manner. For me this consists of making a list of things to do. Some people hate it, I love it. I see progress is being made and it keeps me motivated. You may have a different method of motivation that is effective. What is important is actually going through with it. If I never made a to do list then my productivity would drop, a lot.