When you consider your life are you working hard? When you consider your life are you busy working? When you consider your life are you a busybody? It matters. It makes a difference.
Today’s reading speaks to this point as follows:
11For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
–from 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 (ESV)
We aren’t to be idle! We aren’t to be disruptive! We are to settle in and earn our keep! Proverbs tells us:
Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.
–from Proverbs 16:27
Don’t be refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business! Don’t be living undisciplined lives and accomplishing nothing! Don’t be disorderly!
So are you being useful? Are you being helpful? Are you? Will you settle down and earn your own way? Will you quiet down and do what you are needed to do? Will you focus on living a way that will bless and honor and please God? Will you mind your own business and focus on doing the work God has called you and purposed for you to do?
Do you want to be lazy? Would you rather be a lazy person who keeps missing the mark? God made us to work! God himself worked! And on the seventh day He rested! So it’s not about being busy 24×7 it’s about doing the work God has created you and called for you to do! He finished the work! God put Adam in the garden to work it and take care of it! God created everything and to this day He works to sustain them! We need to work in order to eat.
As Christians in the workplace, we should be living in a way that demonstrates what we believe in and that we are working unto God! Our work ethic should be based upon our faith! We need to have a work ethic that isn’t all about trying to avoid or disrespect working and getting stuff done, for that will just lead to trouble! As we read in today’s reading:
We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
–from 2 Thessalonians 3 (NIV)
God’s plan and desire is for us to leave our gossiping and overbearing, interfering, and meddlesome behind us! We are to work so that we can fend for ourselves! We work to build up our self-confidence and morale. The commandment and urge is to help us get out of that place and get unstuck from the other ways. (check this study for more)
Today’s devotional (Day 3) completes with this thought for us to consider…
A successful company has leaders who are not afraid of long hours and intense effort, who work hard to improve their products and services, stay lean and efficient, recruit and promote the best possible talent, and inspire their workers to produce the best possible quality.
Am I describing your company?
Consider where you are at? Does this apply to you? Does it apply to your company? Does it apply to your group within the company? If not, why not?