Work was natural to mankind from the beginning (Gen. 2: 15) but is not a punishment. It was only sin that turned it into a wearisome and interminable drudgery (Gen. 3: 16 ff.). However, it can be given a positive value—not for the mere accumulation of wealth (Prov. 23)—but as a means of sharing in the creative process of God (Col. 3: 23). So refusing to work, even if for the religious reason of awaiting the return of the Lord (1 Thess. 4: 11; 2 Thess. 3: 10) is reprehensible. Paul worked at his craft in order to maintain himself without being a charge on his converts (Acts 18: 3; 1 Cor. 9: 1–7). Work is a service to the community, and when an individual suffers through lack of work the whole Body suffers, for the body consists of many related members (1 Cor. 12).