I want to take a moment to honor my brother-in-law John Heimaster for 37 years of faithful service to Cuyamaca College. He is retiring today. If you notice how beautiful the grounds of that campus are you can thank John and his crew. Congratulations on a job well done and a well deserved retirement!
2Thessalonians 3:10-11 “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.” I come from a family where all of the men worked hard and long, provided for their families and stayed at their jobs and retired. My husband has been at his the company for 40 years! I know there are many reasons why some people can’t work. There are medical reasons, family issues, job lay offs, needing to hone skills or acquire new skills as a student, mental health issues and many more. Paul says here in this verse “if anyone is not WILLING to work.” Ah, that’s the key! Not willing to work. Not willing to take any job leads to an undisciplined life. Many want jobs. They diligently seek employment day in and day out. That is honorable! They are willing to work but many times there are 100 people applying for one job. Working sets us toward a disciplined day, a disciplined life. We get in our daily routine and provide. Many in the Thessalonian church were not willing to work and that was setting them up for an undisciplined life of going around and getting in everyone’s business. They were standing on the street corner gossiping and causing trouble! The Message translation calls these men “a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings.” I have seen folks get so discouraged seeking employment that they give up. I am suggesting right here that if that is you or your husband or boy friend or brother, neighbor or friend, pray. Tell God you are willing to work. You are ready; lunch pail in hand! Sometimes we have to start over at the bottom and work our way through it. There is honor in that. Letting God teach us through being humble and accepting what He has for us. If you are in a slump right now go to Him. Ask Him what He wants you to do. Tell God you are willing to work. Verbalize it! If you are retired and find yourself aimlessly lumbering about get yourself in to a routine. There are hundreds of places crying out for volunteers! Hospitals, schools, non-profits, veterans, churches, museums, libraries, you name it. Be actively working for the kingdom. A dear lady just passed away that I have known for years. At her memorial service I found out that she went every Friday and folded bulletins at a church to which she didn’t even belong! She was 90 years old! We can be vital in our families and in our communities. If you are a mom you have a full time job already. Blessings on you dear one. You have one of the most important jobs of all. Paul’s point, I think, in writing these verses was to tell those men to stop being lazy. There was work to be done. Get to the practical work of providing for yourself so you can eat and stop lollygagging about! God is a God of order not chaos. In verse 12 Paul says “work in quiet fashion and eat your own bread”. Practical day to day advice worth heeding. Blessings❤️