I’m chatting elsewhere (a Facebook group) about the phrase “work with your hands” in 1 Thess 4:11.
1 Thessalonians 4:11b-12 NIV
You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
(Please forgive the NIVness).
We have got to the point that we agree that it is wise for men to use their bodies and develop their physical strength as a means of fulfilling their God-given roles as men. It is also wise in order to stay grounded, especially in this screen-obsessed age.
But, is it a biblical requirement to 1) make a living from physical labour, and/or 2) include physical labour as essential to men’s Christian discipleship?
My answer: despite the wisdom of physical labour, it is not a requirement to make a living from it or include it as part of discipleship (1Tim 4:8).
I’m curious what others think.