Wednesday, August 4, 2010

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
This is a challenging Scripture, yet what an opportunity! For many people respect doesn’t come from the thrill of adventure, but the day-to-day life of industry. Are we seen as those who make our communities better, or those whose constant diversions make us a burden to our neighbors and co-workers? Make it your ambition to let your life speak louder than your words!

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,

This is a difficult subject and at the same time so simple.  When I was younger this scripture was use to get people to avoid political things. Live quietly, don't make a ruckus.  I guess some of that can be true, but living a quiet life of God is not timid.  It is boldly going forth with God.  Quietly doing God's will which at times is quite bold!  I should earn my own keep having something to do with my hands to keep me busy and not given to idleness which leads to other problems such as gossip, and envy.  You can win the admiration  of those not in Christ by going about your life in Christ. 

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