Daniel P. Barron

Do not labor for the food which perishes.

Friday, May 29, 2020 

Someone asks why we work for money in light of Matthew 6:

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

To provide for our family.i To not be a burden on others.ii


So Jesus says: "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."iii How can you reconcile the two?

Matthew 6 and John 6 don't need to be reconciled. How can I reconcile them with 1 Thessalonians 4? Believers have ceased working for themselves.iv When we work for food, we do it for God; it's a matter of conscience. The faithful "increase more and more" because Scripture instructs them to "lead a quiet life" so that they will "lack nothing;" the unbelieving "work for food that spoils."


"They have ceased working for themselves." Ie, stopped working for their food, but preach the Gospel.

As in, everything they dov is for God.vi


Jesus says "love your enemies" - NIV. Jesus says "Kill everyone" -Satanists bible. Stop using different translations as an excuse to rid of the whole spirit of the verse.

Which translation would you like me to cite?


Whatever. It's not about the translation, but your translation.

  1. 1 Timothy 5:

    8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:

    9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

  3. John 6:27

  4. Hebrews 4:

    10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from works as God did from His.

  5. work

  6. Romans 14:

    5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.

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