“Warning Against Idleness”
Most everyone likes to have some goof-off time. A time where we can rest, maybe nap a little.
This is fine, but we don’t want to be known by others as ones who shirk work.
Please read the following verses.
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
7 For you, yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
12 Such people, we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.
15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
So, don’t feel guilty when you need to rest.
Simply remember that the Lord God has things for us to do after we are saved.
In other words, believers do not work to be saved, we work because we are saved.
May we all reflect on that statement and bring it into our own lives.