‘To make it your ambition and definitely endeavour to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you,’ 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (AMP Bible)
Throughout my entire life I have noticed that the best way to avoid trouble is to live in quietness and peace. I am not saying this is that easy but I strongly recommend it.
That we, Christians, live in this unpredictable world where things change constantly is just enough reason for us to be fully conscious of how we live our lives.
The truth is we are the most vulnerable. Our Faith is tested every seconds and we have no choice than to keep cross-examining our paths.
For this and many reasons we need to be careful about what we do. We must avoid meddling in other people’s affairs. What are not our own businesses, should not be our own problems. If we cannot stay in our houses but keep jumping into our neighbours’ flats like restless children then where is the presence of God in our lives?
If we are in the habits of gossiping about our colleagues, our friends, our neighbours, our church members, or strangers, are we promoting Christ in our dealings?
Who can come to attack us or accuse us of wrongdoings if we stay away from meddling into other people’s lives? Who can curse us and curse God at the same time if we truly prove we are children of God by our conducts?
Let the unbelievers see God in us. Let them turn to God as results of our lives. Let us not be the accursed ones whose attitudes push people farther away from establishing fixed relationship with the Lord.
To think that manna will fall from heaven to feed us is absolutely unacceptable. Why did God gave us the strength, the wisdom, the knowledge and abled bodies? He wants us to fend for ourselves. He detests laziness. Jesus Christ worked to earn His living when He was on earth. He did not wait for any man to feed Him. Apostle Paul worked to cater for himself. Abraham was very industrious and was one of the richest men of his time. Peter was a fisherman. Moses worked. King David worked. Mary, the mother of Christ worked. There were no men and women of God in the biblical age that did not work. They did not just sat down and waited for God to feed them. They toiled and made their livings from their handiwork.
God is charging us to do the same. Please work we must. Never depend on another man to feed us, to clothe us, to cater for us, to lodge us, to give us pocket monies. Let us glorify God with the work of our hands so that He can bless us abundantly.