2 Thessalonians 3:6–13
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
Reflection by Janet Derby
This is one of those passages that can be proof texted to indicate that we should not help those in need, so I struggled with it a bit. I read the Sunday school curriculum information on it, which explained that some members of the community have quit working due to false teaching that Christ’s second coming had already occurred. There was reason then, for asking that people be accountable. Sometimes in the church, we want to avoid confrontation. This is a reminder to us that we should be an example to others and not weary of doing what is right.
Righteous God, Help us all to tirelessly do the work of your kin-dom and to encourage all in our community to do the same. Amen.