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2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by his authority: Stay away from any Christian who spends his days in laziness and does not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for you. 

Anything worth having requires hard work. I was watching a documentary on Allen Iverson and it was very enlightening. They explained his infamous sound byte, “Practice, we talking about practice !?” That quote was taken out of context, to make AI look like a lazy superstar who didn’t feel the need for practice; but on the contrary, AI was one of the most relentless players in NBA history. As a child he would get up at 6:30am just to practice on his own. They close out his documentary showing him as a young rookie extolling the virtues of practice.

If we are going to be the greatest at what we do and provide for our families it’s going to take some hard work. How we practice is how we play. We cannot play around when it comes to providing for our families. We have to establish a strong work ethic.

1.  Do not hang with lazy Christians. It’s almost a paradox. Lazy Christian.

To be Christian means to understand sacrifice. Jesus who we model was never lazy but always productive. He healed the sick, preached the word, and walked every where he went.

2. Our practice should be modeled after Jesus who was the chief servant of all humanity. He did not come to be served but to serve. The greatest amongst you shall be your servant.

3.  If a man doesn’t work he doesn’t eat. Every one who is able bodied should work. We have to I still this in our children by giving them chores to do. I’ve been working sense I was a child. We have to teach our children that nobody owes them or is going to give them anything. You have to work hard and smart.

Dear God,

Please help me to work smart and hard. Keep my work ethic strong so that I can please you with the work of my hands. Help me to work for Christ and not the approval of people. Only what I do for you will last anyway. Thank you for putting food on my table and giving me an inheritance for my children’s children. Thank you for giving me work. I’m going to work while it is day for when night comes no one will be able to work. Help me to practice what I preach so that I will not be disqualified after having preached to others. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen