A person's "industry" is the diligent and hard working aspect of using one's abilities. As industrious individuals we can accomplish success and honor among those in our community and our household. There is no doubt that our spiritual lives require a departure from slothful living. (Hebrews 6:12; Romans 12:11) It would be a contradiction of Godly living for a Christian to be fervent and diligent in spiritual matters while at the same time slothful and dependant upon others in daily life. We know that Jesus lived a life of action, hard work and diligence for fulfilling His Father's will and was not slack in caring for those around Him.
Paul brings up the observation that a man who does not work should not eat. The point of his statement is that no one should be idle and troubling to others. For the Godly to practice an honorable degree of accountability and works is a teaching in Harmony with God's expectatons for man since creation when Adam was set to tend the garden and later to till the earth. God has given each of us talents which are important in various ways, but they are useless without being our being industrious toward the use of those talents we possess. We seek to honor God in everything we do and cannot please him by living a life dripping with slack indifference and void of the industrious spirit that stands pinnacle to the blessings brought through His Son.
Bill Girrier, in his book "Fruition" made the observation "action is life; inaction, death" which resonates with Proverbs 21:25 regarding a sluggard's demise. This week spend a period of each day reflecting on how to focus more on actions that bring and sustain all aspects of our Godly lives.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
1 Thessalonians 4:11
2 Corinthians 8:3-7