2 Thessalonians 3:11-13, 16
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… Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Being idle seems to be a real issue in the Church and Paul addresses it quite sternly. He goes on to say how to treat people who are idle so as to wake them up from their slumber and not to treat them as an enemy but as a brother who needs correction. In today’s day and age when we are constantly busy and 24 hours in a day does not seem to be enough, what is the relevance of such a word from God? Surely you are like me fighting to find time to spend at the foot of the cross daily and trying to get more done with less time in hand. Is there something else God is saying to us or should we ignore this word?

God is reminding us of two things. First is that we need to make every effort to seek Him daily regardless of what is happening in our lives because we call Him our Lord and Master and not our Genie whom we call when we need something. Second is that we are serving God and not Him serving us. When we fully comprehend this, we realize that it is our joy to serve God and not just a responsibility which results in us expecting a reward. If every time we faltered we saw our old sinful selves and what God saved us from, we would realize and correct our path but God in His goodness has taken away that hurt and guilt to set us free and so we idle in our new found freedom. Lets wake up from our slumber and joyfully serve the only Living Savior, Jesus Christ.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

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  1. Really liked this reminder, Vineet, that there is more than one kind of idleness. I can think that I am so busy, but that doesn’t mean I’m not idle in what matters most . . .loving my Jesus! God bless you and I thank you always for serving Him so faithfully! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie, It is always comforting to hear from you and that is such an assurance to me that I heard and penned right. God has incredible and simple ways of speaking with us and I’m never able to get enough of this wondrous relationship! Idleness is not just sitting around doing nothing but in this sense, it is being unable to prioritize time for God who is bigger than everything in our lives. I find it hard to stay focused and committed to walking with Him and when I’m down, I ask His help and He has never failed me. Blessings, Vineet

      PS: Happy Independence Day if you are American

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