Warning Against Idleness-

6 “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you,

brothers and sisters,

to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching

you received from us.

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example.

We were not idle when we were with you,

8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it.

On the contrary, we worked night and day,

laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,

but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.

10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule:

“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive.

They are not busy; they are busybodies.

12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

After today, I will have caught up in my work.

Yet the cycle will begin again. Dust will settle, footprints will mark the once clean floors, weeds will grow and hearts will need tending.

Our work here on earth is never done. Until we go home to heaven, that is.

That does not mean we can’t take days off or days for vacation or rest. It simply means we need to keep busy in order to feel satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 describes the benefits of work this way:
“This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find
satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—
for this is their lot/
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them,
to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—
this is a gift of God.
They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied
with gladness of heart.”

Certain individuals can’t work because of health issues, others struggle with their emotional health a great deal, and this can infringe upon their work ethics. For this, we need to give grace.

Yet, as Paul explained in the Scripture reading from 2 Thessalonians, those who have received Jesus Christ and are believers need to live as such and set an example. As Christians we are supposed to be slothful. If we are healthy, we can work.

We should be industrious, hardworking, and not expect to be pampered or lead an idle lifestyle.

As we grow older, we can still be industrious in a more low key manner.

Paul warned those who were busybodies meddling in other people’s lives. We are to live quiet lives, minding our own business.

If we are not doing good things to fill our time, we will do sinful things to fill our time.

So what will it be for you and for me today?

This Blog is not advocating becoming a “workaholic” nor making an idol out of our work.

Some have ruined their family life in pursuing running a business. Work was number one and family came last.

What God asks of us is balance. We need to work hard, rest in Him as needed, and keep our priorities straight.

I have advised myself and others to put God first, family second, and ministry next.

Correct me if I’m wrong. But I have seen families ruined over being “too busy” in the wrong way.

We need to seek God to orchestrate our schedule. He will bring balance as we seek Him to guide us in being busy but not overburdened.

That might be a good way to start on a Monday morning.

May God bless your work, your week, and may to find the balance that pleases Him and is to His glory always.

Liz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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