Thursday, April 11
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
6 Now we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother or sister who is idle and does not live according to the tradition received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you should imitate us: We were not idle among you; 8 we did not eat anyone’s food free of charge; instead, we labored and toiled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 It is not that we don’t have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.” 11 For we hear that there are some among you who are idle. They are not busy but busybodies. 12 Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and provide for themselves. 13 But as for you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing good.
14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don’t associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet don’t consider him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
Laziness is not ok. We don’t really expect the Bible to talk about things like this. It’s not a lack of compassion, and the Bible surely doesn’t say that we shouldn’t help others who can’t work or meet their own needs. Christians did that from the very beginning and should continue. However, God meets the needs of those who can work by them doing precisely that. In the Thessalonian church there were those who stopped working because they believed Jesus would come back any moment! Crazy. But, God tells them to go to work and live normal lives as they remember that Jesus is coming.
Father, strengthen my work ethic today. Help me remember to work hard as I focus on Jesus today.
Is there room for growth in the way I will work today? Does my work honor God?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.