Saturday August 11, 2018
2 Thessalonians 3:6-8
6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn’t follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. 7 For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. 8 We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
There are a lot of things that remain consistent in the scriptures and one is that of idleness and becoming complacent. We are called here to work hard in whatever we do in order to glorify God. What’s holding us back?
We become the ten closest people in our lives. Look around you. Who are you spending time with? Who are you talking a lot with? There’s a good chance you have picked up some characteristics from these ten people. Our parents always tell us to be careful with who we hang out with. They were right.
When I was younger, I was hanging out with a rougher crew than my parents liked. To fit in I did the things they did. Granted I was young, so it mainly consisted of ding song ditching and tee peeing houses. But still. I knew I had to get out or these habits would slowly develop.
Our faith is similar. We need to have a community to keep us in line and working hard. Don’t let yourself become complacent. Continue to grow and work hard in all areas of your life.
Who am I spending time with?
Do I need to develop new relationships?
Dear Lord, give us courage to build a group of people around us who make us better people. Amen.
Have a great day!