REBLOGGED FROM MEDITATIONS OF MY HEART
In the epistle assigned for the coming Sunday in our three year lectionary, Paul writes these words about those who have decided to provide for their own needs out of the wealth of others.
Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Thieves are told to work with their own hands so that they can meet others needs with their own wealth. It is simply consistent with the life they had been given in Christ Paul reveals.
A passage like this is easy to not meditate upon personally if you are not a thief by trade. One can just say, “Yep, those lazy thieves should get a job and then help people instead of hurting them.”