2 Thessalonians 3:6

Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us.


This short section of scripture caught my attention. Paul isn’t saying to stay away from idle people in general. No, he is specifically saying to stay away from BELIEVERS who won’t work. It would be nice to get all “churchy” and make this some spiritual lesson about “working for the Lord”. However, it is very clear that Paul as actually writting about working for money.

In verse eight he reminded them that when he had been there, he worked and earned money to pay for what he ate.

What he was telling his listeners was not “if you don’t work, you don’t eat.”  He was trying to show that, as he had been an example to them, they were to be seen as example to others. 

Being idle in one area of a persons life is an indication of an attitude of general lazyness. A person with that mindset will always be a drain on others rather than a contributor. Jesus was all about being a “doer”. “Take my yoke upon you” means that he expects us to work along side him. I challenge you to find anyplace in scriptures where God appeared to a person and didn’t say in effect, “Go. Do”.


Lord, we want to be your faithful follower. We want to contribute to your ongoing work in this world in anyway that we can. Search us and remove any idleness from us.


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