Today's Lectionary Text
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious.
Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.
In this passage we see a great, hard work ethic. No sitting around, wasting time, just working the fingers to the bone! These ethics are ones we usually think about when it comes to our vocation and jobs. The saying is heard often, “not enough hours to the day,” or “I never get to the end of my to-do list.” We strive to be the very best we can be!
I wonder, as I wander – what it would look like if we worked this hard at transforming our communities, nation, and world for Jesus Christ? What if we took our call to making disciples as serious as we do in working our vocations? For a fact, we would not have to worry about zero decline, or paying 100% of our mission shares, or being able to provide God’s ministry openly and freely. Talk about transformative ministry!
The question that comes to mind is – what stops us? What stops us from being diligent in working for Jesus? What holds us down, and why do we slack off in doing our duty to transform others?
You don’t have to know Scripture word by word. You don’t have to know all the answers. You don’t need to carry your big Bible around so others can see that you are a Bible-carrying person. Working diligently is as simple as being “the hands and feet of Christ.” where we are in the very moment of the day. It is as simply as making that lifestyle our motivation for who we are and whose we are. Jesus wants us to make ourselves available, and He will give us the ability.
Can we commit to living a transformative life for Jesus? Let’s try it this week.
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Giving God, empower us to live an intentional, diligent life of discipleship, so that our work ethic will transform our communities, nation and world for Jesus Christ. Amen.
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