2 Thessalonians 3
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Problem With Laziness
Why could Paul speak so strongly about idleness in today’s reading? One reason he was able to speak against idleness so strongly was because he wasn’t an idle man. What does the word idle mean in this passage? How are we to respond to idle people? The word translated here is a military term which means “out of rank.” It is a Christian who is acting “out of rank.” In the context of this passage, Paul was writing of the specific behavior of not working for a living. It refers to being lazy or unwilling to work. No one could ever say that about Paul. He knew that as a believer he should be the hardest of workers. He knew that being lazy and unwilling to work hard indicated a serious spiritual problem. We often see people today who are unwilling to work hard for anything. They can be lazy and seem to work harder getting out of work than they would by just getting the job done. Idleness characterizes every area PT and money to job proficiency and church attendance. God expects Christian teens to be hard workers. To be idle is to sin against God. How do you measure up to God’s standard? Make an honest evaluation.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?