Chapter Four, Lesson Two
PROPER BEHAVIOR Page
** Alright then, with that motive driving them, what was
to be their first goal?
1. To lead a quiet life. Paul is saying their life was to be
balanced. They were not to become so
bothered by or preoccupied with Christ's coming again so as to distract
them from the daily
responsibilities of life. cf. 2Thessalonians 3:6-10
** And their second goal?
2. Attend to their own business. Do not spend their days in
gossip or meddling in the affairs of others. cf. 1Timothy 5:13, 1Peter
** And what about their third goal?
3. They were to work! Specifically with their own hands. They
needed to be involved themselves, so that their love, and faith in Christ
would be made manifest by a very high work ethic. This was quite abnormal
for the Greek culture of the day.
cf. 1Thessalonians 2:9 and Mark 6:3
** Is this the first time that these Thessalonians were hearing this
No - "...just as we commanded you..." Paul had been telling
them when he was with them in person!
** Given their great tract record, do you suppose that all of the Christians
there in Thessalonica took Paul's words to heart and obeyed his command?
No - Unfortunately, we see him repeating this same line of thought
one year later.
cf. 2Thessalonians 3:11-12
V.12 ** Alright, let's get to the purpose for this entire passage.
If Christians love one another as they have been taught by God to do,
and manifest that love by living a quiet, balanced life, attending to
their own business and working with their own hands - what kind of behavior
will they manifest toward the unsaved?
"Proper Behavior"! "...so that you may behave
properly toward outsiders..." Our corporate lifestyle speaks volumes
to the lost world around us. When a church or Christian organization
displays a lazy or poor work ethic, or it even goes bankrupt, it is
the Lord Himself who takes the blame. The world's response is always,
"and they were Christians."
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