My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Plan your work and work your Plan
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.
(2 Thessalonians 3:10 NASB)
For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.
(2 Thessalonians 3:11 NASB)
Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.
(2 Thessalonians 3:12 NASB)
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
(2 Thessalonians 3:13 NASB)
In this letter to the church in Thessaloniki some very practical
advice for daily living is given to the followers of Jesus Christ. To
be a part of the Church community meant that you were to also take
responsibility for your personal life. It sounds rather harsh, but if
people weren't willing to put forth effort to work, then they were not
supposed to get free food. This didn't mean that they didn't help the
needy. Often we read about the ministry to the orphans and the widows.
Those who were unable to care for themselves were cared for by the
church community. But those who were able to work were to do everything
that they could to be busy with their hands. Not only this, but there
was something about the Christian life which was to bring about
self-discipline. People were not to make a big deal about their work,
but simply to go out and do their job, and not get tired of doing the
Growing up my parents had a motto; "Plan your work and work your
plan." While this phrase is not found in scripture, in some ways the
principles behind it are, as seen in today's reading. Sadly it seems
that we may not be passing along this kind of a work ethic these days,
even within the life of the church. The concept of "entitlement" has
permeated society that even followers of Christ do not always accept
responsibility for working hard for their own bread. The instructions
above sound rather harsh. If someone is not willing to work for their
bread, then they should not be allowed to eat.
It is when the community of faith works together that society can be
cared for. The community members who can work, do work. They provide
for themselves and for those who cannot provide for themselves. If the
Church had been living this way we would not need governments to step in
and take over the responsibilities that should have belonged to those
who are members of the Kingdom. Is it too late now? Have we gone too
far? Has the Church's lack of involvement in caring for the needs of
the communities in which they have been placed made them irrelevant in
the eyes of the world? We are exhorted to not grow weary in doing good.
Therefore, the answer ought to be a resounding "no!" It is not too
late for the Church to step up and step in and be Jesus in the world.
It begins with each and every one of us leading a disciplined life,
working hard, and caring for those around us who genuinely can't care
Wake up, dear Church. Plan your work -- and then go out and work your plan!
Lord, help us to be Your disciplined disciples. Amen.