Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 121/260: Read 1 Thessalonians 4

We live in interesting times. Everyone needs all the attention on themselves all the time. Everyone needs to fix everyone else’s problems and dictate what they do all the time. And, in so doing, everyone thinks everyone else owes them for doing so.

Inspiration commands quite the opposite. Paul says that Christians should “aspire to lead a quiet life.” One writer said, “Make it your ambition to have no ambition.” That does not mean one should be lazy; Paul just exhorted his readers to “increase more and more.” Rather, peace and tranquility are far undervalued in society. You don’t always have to be the center of attention, and you don’t always have to be busy.

Second, Paul says to “mind your own business.” Certainly, we should watch out for each other when it comes to our walk in the Lord. But matters of opinion such as where a person works or hobbies or how they raise their kids—as long as no principles of God are being violated—should be left alone. Unsolicited advice is rarely welcome or helpful.

Third, as a Christian, you are “to work with your own hands.” No one owes you anything if you don’t work for it. This does not just apply to so-called luxury items, but basic needs. “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).

Our focus must be on God, not ourselves, and we should never take advantage of nor take for granted the wonderful blessing of being a part of His family.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 Thessalonians 5:21. “Test all things; hold fast what is good.”

Pray

Pray for a better focus on the Lord and eternity.

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