Idleness 

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.

Idleness 

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”.

Prayer:

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.

Amen.


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Bookends of Love

John 14:15-21

If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me and that I am in you. Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me. Those who love me will have my Father’s love, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them.”

Bookends of Love

In this brief section of Jesus’s teaching and instruction to his apostles and disciples, he links love and commandments twice: “If you love me, you will obey my commandments” and “Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me.”  I found it interesting that love came both before and after the commandments. It was as if they we wrapped in love. Love is the reason for obeying his commandments and obeying his commandments is proof of our love.

Prayer:

Jesus, lover of my soul, I love you more than anything that this world had to offer. Your commandments are simple to understand but,sometimes, difficult to follow. Thank you for the Spirit of Truth that you have given us to guide our steps through this ungodly world.

Amen.

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