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2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 New International Version (NIV)
Warning Against Idleness
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] 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 offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. 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 food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Sat. December 12
In the original Greek language that the Apostle Paul used when writing this letter he says in verse 11 that some people are “walking among you disorderly, not working, but working around.” In other words, they are doing a lot of nothing. They are “busy-bodies” who seem to be getting a lot done, but are really creating disorder and accomplishing nothing of substance. This is what we do when we are on social media all day. It seems like it is accomplishing something, but really no one’s heart or mind is being changed. Or this might look like a busy life that is filled with stuff to do, but we miss the important things like spending time with family. Or being a “busy-body” who “works” but accomplishes nothing might be someone who complains all the time. They seem like they know what they are talking about, but nothing is accomplished. Instead, work quietly. Trust in Jesus and get on living.