1 Thes 4:11 “make it your ambition…work with your hands…so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders”. I was reading this part on my way to work, where I work manually using a lot of my physical body to lift things and put them down. This verse was a really great encouragement that my work, although seemingly insignificant to the vitality of the Church, is commended by God and scripture! It also may be a tool to win some to Christ. Such a wow moment on the bus to work at 6am!
2 Thes 1:11 To be honest this verse stood out to me because I had recently heard a talk from John Piper on this passage. It talks about how Paul prays that God would bring to fruition by His power every good resolve! This hit bang center a lot of the issues on driven-ness, that I had been thinking about so much recently. God’s timing seems so evidently perfect in this verse.
2 Thes 3:6-15 Again this verse hit on the danger of idleness. Since finishing my degree I have had a lot of free time. And surprisingly, to me at least, I have not spent that time very wisely. Whereas whilst I was revising for exam, in my free time then I would journal, blog or do something useful. However without any work I invested a lot of time into tv, computer games etc. So now with me taking up more hours at Sainsbury’s and preparing talks for the youth camp (i will explain more about this more some point later), I do find myself spending free time more wisely. (The tension here being: I am aware God intends for me to rest as well…)
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