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 you received from us. – 2 Thes 3:6
Paul’s command is to not be idle which will create disruption by a natural course. It is often those who are idle with nothing to do that stir up trouble amongst believers. They nit-pick at things and without biblical support or understand cast stones of accusation, all the while putting their own faith to the test. This is exactly what has happened in Thessalonica and why Paul gives this warning.
It is when I fail to be diligent in my faith practices that I become idle. God wants me to fill my life with the work He has set before us. It doesn’t matter if I am 8 or 80, God has work for me to do. Some days it is just in study of the Scriptures and others, it is out and about with people, loving on them and bringing them the love of God.
Whatever God’s plan is for me today, I pray that I fill my life with its work. I do not want to be idle and cause disruption, instead I want to be about the work of God. For God is the God of order and not chaos. He is the God of peace, not disruption and upheaval. So, let my heart, mind and body be focused to God’s work.
Let us all be focused to God’s work today. Let us be given to the Word and prayer that Spirit would come upon us with a great message and direction for our lives today. Whatever we are about today, whether typing on a keyboard, changing oil or turning wrenches, or driving a plow or heard of cattle, let our thoughts and focus be to God’s work.
When we do this, we will not be idle. We will not have time for disruption or dispute, instead we will be too busy saving the people God has for us to save. We will be too busy with the work of the Lord to cause trouble. When we do God’s work we become like minded in what we do and God honors that.
Part of Paul’s closing in the letter to the Thessalonians says, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thes 3:16) May we all have that blessing in our lives as we work for the Lord and may He touch each one of us that we may be filled with peace as we lay hand to work and throw out idleness.