Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
When a certain New England merchant waited on his pastor to tell him of his earnest desire to engage in work more distinctively religious, the pastor heard him kindly. The merchant said, "My heart is so full of love to God and to man that I want to spend all my time in talking with men about these things." "No," said the pastor; "go back to your store, and be a Christian over your counter. Sell goods for Christ, and let it be seen that a man can be a Christian in trade." Years afterwards the merchant rejoiced that he had followed the advice, and the pastor rejoiced also in a broad-hearted and open-handed brother in his church, who was awake not only to home interests, but to those great enterprises of philanthropy and learning which are an honour to our age.
Parallel VersesKJV: Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;