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16 November 2018

2 Thessalonians 3:11-13

“We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.”

Christianity is essentially practical.

While we believe that Jesus will return soon, and live that way, it does not include stopping work, putting down our tools and expecting someone to provide for us. We are not expected to act like a hermit or sponger. No, we all have a job to do. We all have a plan or destiny from God and need to fulfil it right up to the moment we are called into His Presence, either by death or His appearing.

When Jesus told the parable of the talents (see Matthew 25:14-30), He criticised the man for hiding his one talent. He was supposed to have used it. As we saw in Colossians, we are to “work at it with all [your] our heart as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

When people are called to ‘live by faith’ as we call it – to trust the Lord for their daily provision – it is not for those who don’t work. It is for those He has specifically called to do a special task within His plan, which for the time being needs to be funded through the gifts of others.

If you take a close look you will find in most of those cases – the people don’t work fewer hours – they often work harder and for many more hours – because they have a special position working directly for the King and His mission. Clock-watching doesn’t play a part – as their whole ‘life’ belongs to Him and all ‘rights’ have already been given up.

Unfortunately, in periods of high unemployment, there tends to be a high level of despondency and despair and so the anticipation or hope of a job is lost.

However, for Christians, there is, in my view, no such thing as being unemployed. Every church, mission organisation or charity is short-staffed – even during periods of high unemployment. Can I challenge you? If you know of someone who is unemployed – offer him or her tasks to do to help the ministry – yes, even unpaid.

If you are unemployed, can I challenge you to offer your help to one of those organisations – for nothing – and see what God does? If they don’t need you – what about helping the widows, orphans and elderly in your neighbourhood?

Maybe you could be the answer to their prayers. Maybe you could be a very ‘real’ Jesus to them.

Above all, “never tire of doing what is right”.

And remember – whether you are being paid through a job or through the grace and gifts of others (or even social security from the State), God is your Provider, whichever way He chooses to do it.

Our ‘job’ is to do whatever God wants us to do to the very best of our ability and keep our eyes focused on Him.

 


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