Today’s Reading | 2 Thessalonians 3
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?