Paul was a man of considerable status, first as a respected member of the nation of Israel, and then after his conversion as the greatest Christian evangelist in the world. A man who was so busy in his evangelistic efforts he could have been excused if he had allowed others to supply his daily financial needs.
But at Athens [Acts 18:3] we find Paul working with his hands at his trade of tent-making, while at the same time continuing his ministry in the Gospel. Time and again in his epistles he made it clear that he wished to be as little a financial burden as possible to the fledgling Christian churches.
In his second letter to the Thessalonians, he wrote, “If any would not work, neither should he eat” [3:10]. Not a pleasant sentiment to the ears of those who wish to live off the resources of others, but nevertheless a solid principle from the Word of God.
The Christian should be a worker, not having to be driven, but gladly, voluntarily, and lovingly caring for personal and family needs. That sort of industry is blessed of God. How good it is to hear occasionally from Christian employers who want to hire Christians because of their work-like attitude.
Paul was a zealous worker in both the physical and spiritual realms. The Christian should also be a zealous worker in the house of God, not having to be forced into the service of God, but gladly, willingly, and lovingly dedicated to the extension of His kingdom. The need of the hour is great, with countless thousands of adults and children needing to be taught the Gospel of Christ. Will you be a worker today?