Remind people to … be prepared and willing to do any upright and honorable work (Titus 3:1, AMP). … I want you to insist steadfastly, so that those who have believed in (trusted in, relied on) God may me careful to apply themselves to honorable occupations and to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent and right [in themselves], but [they are] good and profitable for the people (Titus 3:8, AMP). And let our own [people
really] apply themselves to good deeds (to honest labor and honorable employment), so that they maybe able to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and uncultivated and unfruitful lives (Titus 3:14, AMP).
Looks like the Cretans were in need of motivation. Paul had mentioned earlier, in this letter, that a prophet of their own said that Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12). He wanted them to focus on doing things that are excellent in themselves and also profitable for all. He wanted them to prepare a surplus so they could also help others in need.
I should think of work as an exciting opportunity in God’s will that not only blesses myself, but others and it helps me to be a good representative in honoring God. I need to put away the attitude that it is drudgery or torture. Proverbs says a lazy man thinks of all kinds of excuses not to go out and get some work done. The world provides all kinds of diversions that could go on endlessly if allowed. Our society says it will take care of us if we don’t work through welfare and other programs. But God’s word says work is good for many reasons.
Please forgive Lord, sometimes my attitude toward work is not in line with Your word. Help me to flow in following Your word in regard to this matter. Even if there is no paying work is available, help me to be productive in prepping for future work or sales, in the garden, in the home, in ministry and elsewhere.