The apostle Paul was a man of considerable status, first as a respected member of the nation of Israel, then after his conversion as the greatest Christian evangelist in the world. A man who was so busy that he could have been excused if he had allowed others to supply his daily financial needs.
But at Corinth 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 he made it clear that he wished to be as little burden as possible to the fledgling Christian churches.
He also wrote, “If any would not work, neither should he eat” [2 Thessalonians 3:10]. Not a pleasant sentiment to 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, but gladly, voluntarily, and lovingly caring for personal and family needs. The Lord blesses that sort of industry, but how sad it is to hear of believers with a bad work ethic.
Paul was a zealous worker in both the physical and spiritual realms. The believer should also be a zealous worker in the church, not having to be forced into the service of the Lord but gladly, willingly, and lovingly dedicated to the extension of His kingdom. The need of the hour is great, with countless adults and children needing to be taught the Gospel of Christ. Jesus said, “Go work today in my vineyard” [Matthew 21:28]. Will you go?