In our current state of rancor, arguing, shouting, rioting, and clamoring, I have an idea: how about we listen to what the Bible says a follower of Christ should do and quit following the world’s example.
If we did, we would shine like lights in the world. The good news is that what we’re told to do sounds very refreshing and lovely right about now!
Here’s the main part:
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we instructed you,”
–1 Thessalonians 4:11
It’s time (actually it’s always been time) for Christians to put their heads down, shut up, and keep busy.
The world is fighting for power and domination. Let em. Your Father in heaven knows what you need. Seek first His kingdom and all those things will be added to you.
The world is arguing, trying to be right and all smarter than everyone. Let em. It is by doing good that we put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
The world is crying about wanting their rights and their provision they are “entitled” to. Let em. Be one of the few who, instead of looking at what others can give you, looks for opportunities to give to others.
Two verses before the “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life” verse, Paul says to love one another, especially your Christian brothers and sisters. This love will be an example to the world.
There are repeated cries for unity in our world. Yet to the world, unity means: those who are in power get to use force to put down their enemies. That’s how the world gives peace. It doesn’t last. It lasts about as long as a dominant side stays in power, which usually isn’t long.
God gives peace that endures and lasts for eternity. Unity and peace only come in this world when a group of people who have put their self to death in Christ, those who’ve laid aside their rights, those who’ve determined to submit to others and lovingly serve them, decide to act as though they’ve been crucified, buried and raised up to new life in Christ. It’s the only way it happens.
OK Christians, you had your fun dabbling in the world’s system. Now, come apart and be separate. Put your head down, keep yourself quiet and busy, and love one another.
Everyone you know will be eternally grateful if you do!