2 Thessalonians 3: Lazy people

April 8th, 2007

There’s a lot to be said for relaxation. It feels good when you get home after a long day at the office to sit back in a comfortable chair and let the television do the entertaining. In fact, it feels good to sit back in a comfortable chair and let the television do the entertaining after a long hard holiday spent doing nothing. If it wasn’t for the forces that compel us to do stuff — the expectations of other people, the demands of clients, the need to make money, the iron fist of our boss — and if we had no fear of the consequences, maybe most of us would spend a lot more time doing nothing.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians — Chapter 3

3:1 Finally, friends, pray for us. Pray that the message about the Lord will spread rapidly and people will honour it, just as you did. 3:2 Pray for us to be kept safe from misguided and evil people, because not everyone has faith. 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will support you and protect you from evil. 3:4 We are convinced in the Lord that you are following and will continue to follow our instructions. 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

3:6 Friends, we give you these instructions in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Stay away from any believer who lives a lazy life and does not follow the lifestyle which we explained to you. 3:7 You know how you should follow our example. We were not lazy when we were amongst you, 3:8 and we did not eat bread provided by anyone without paying for it. We worked day and night, expending our efforts and exertions to avoid being a burden to any of you, 3:9 not because we do not have the right to your support, but to make ourselves an example to you, for you to follow. 3:10 Even when we were with you, we instructed you that anyone who does not want to work should not get to eat. 3:11 We hear that some of you are lazy, not working at all, but interfering in other people’s business. 3:12 We instruct and urge such people in the Lord Jesus Christ to keep quiet and get to work to earn their own bread.

3:13 Friends, do not get tired of doing what is right. 3:14 Take note of anyone who does not obey our instructions in this letter. Have nothing to do with such people so that they get embarrassed. 3:15 Do not consider them to be enemies, but warn them as friends.

3:16 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.

3:17 I write this greeting with my own hand: Paul. This is how I sign every letter that I write. 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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  • 1. choosethecross.com » Tak&hellip  |  June 25th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    […] If the Christian message really is true, and those who believe get the free gift of eternal life, which cannot be earned no matter how hard you work for it, then why not just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride? If it is impossible to earn God’s favour through hard work and self-sacrifice, what is the point of doing any work at all? That seems to be the way some people in Thessalonica were thinking when Paul wrote in the third chapter of his second letter to the Thessalonians: […]

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