- Paul commanded the
Thessalonian brethren to keep away from any brother who lives in idleness and
- Paul and his companions were not idle when they were with
- They did not defraud anybody, but toiled and laboured
to earn a living.
- They were not a burden to the Thessalonians.
- Apostle Paul and his associates had a right, as ministers of the gospel, to be
sustained by the Church,
- Yet, they chose to lay an example for them
- They commanded, “if any one will not work, let
him not eat”.
- He encouraged such people to lay hands on
something to do.
- They should not be tired of doing good,
should have nothing to do with lazy brothers other than to warn them, in love,
Roles of the Church:
- The Church like NGOs can
establish old people’s homes, health centres and engage young school
leavers to work and earn a living,
- Some youths
have no certificates for gainful employment. The Church can train them in
various trades of their choice,
- Churches should establish counselling
units for their teeming youth, bringing in resource persons,
teaching of the scriptures helps to reform the youth, who otherwise could have
- The uneducated youth in the Church could be sponsored to learn to
read and write at least.
- Church can organise a quasi-trade fair to
advertise and market the products of artisans and tradesmen in the Church.