Those things in life that we enjoy doing, we all have them.
For a few Christians, our simple pleasures are doing the Lord’s work…going out and ministering to people: those in need, the desperate the lonely.
Yet, we are also instructed to rest in the Lord. Some may refer to it as keeping the Sabbath.
I have no problem keeping the Sabbath, as I am one of the unfortunate ones who doesn’t work for a living.
Now before you go all ape-wild on me, allow me to explain. Yes, the Lord does tell us (Paraphraxed) “He who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.”Â 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
I’ve had that shoved down my throat for many years, to the point that I’ve distrusted many of the Christians who have shoved it.
You see…it’s true. If you don’t work, obviously you aren’t either taking care to eat. You have no income…so you can’t go out to the market, no fast food, no restaurant.
In other words, you don’t derive from the simple pleasures that a working income has to offer.
Now allow me to be brutally honest:
This scripture doesn’t give those who are fortunate to have a steady job to look down on those who don’t. It doesn’t give them the right to declare to the poor man “You must work! You need to work!”
In most cases, that doesn’t go along too well with the poor, striving man who wants to work, but can’t due to the fact that he is either unqualified, or doesn’t know where to look for work.
When I was looking for work, I used to score the wanted ads for an open opportunity. But there weren’t too many “entry level” jobs…most required experience…last time I heard, they still do.
My first job was as a busperson. It was an easy entry-level job, one I landed because my brother was already an employee who knew the bosses. I kept at it for two years. It was at times grueling, but mostly pleasureable due to the awesome management/my bosses and co-workersÂ and sometimes even the customersÂ . The stress was sometimes high, but manageable.
From there I entered into what I thought would be a jobÂ with advancement possibilities at a silk screen company. The money there was good, the stress there was too much.
So I worked steadily for a time of four years. After that, things got out of hand for me personally.
I almost already had a college degree…just three semestersÂ shy of graduating. I was needing a recap of psychology 101, American History, Nevada State History, and Astronomy 101.
But despite college: It was because I didn’t know the right people I couldn’t get the right experience. I couldn’t get the right experience because I didn’t know the right people. So I couldn’t find a job in my chosen industry..or really any industry!
But let’s turn that around shall we?
It was because I didn’t know the right people that I couldn’t get the right fellowship. I couldn’t get the right fellowship because I knew all the wrong people.
I would rather judge someone righteously by knowing them, than unrighteously judging them by not knowing them at all!
And so it all comes down to knowing people. Not just artificially, but on a intimate (or personal) level. If you don’t know a person well, it’s hard to go by what you see and/or feel. The person may be going through a harsh time, or the person may have a mental/physical ailment that prevents them from succeeding. Instead of offering them a cup of cool water, all you are really giving them is more fuel for the fire they are in.
Some well-to-do Christians always seem to toot the expression: “It’s all about God!” I believe that, but it’s just not about God – you can’t have a relationship with God, and not have a relationship with people. God knows us, butÂ we don’t exactly know God. And while we search for God, we may end up overlooking the hearts of the people that God is searching for.
Basically God works through people. God uses the right people to secure a right future for you alone, and for us together. IfÂ you try to help someone try to help them byÂ really letting the Holy Spirit guide you!