Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Throughout the New Testament, believers were continually exhorted to be good stewards. As Jesus taught, we are to invest the resources we have been given (Matthew 25:14-30).

Building on this theme, Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he had tried to set an example when he was with them. He and his companions labored and toiled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you (v. 8).

Aware that some Thessalonian Christians had been idle, Paul actually commanded them, If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat (v. 10).

Believers are to be characterized by working hard and being responsible. They have to focus on their God-given assignments and serve Him energetically with their resources and make the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:16 NLT).

One of the worst accusations that can be leveled against believers is that they are busybodies (v. 11). The Greek word, used here for the only time in the Bible, suggests being a meddler and focusing on others with a judgmental spirit.

Paul’s message is that we should work quietly and provide for ourselves (v. 12). Even when this is draining, we should not grow weary in doing good (v. 13) but stay persistent.

Ask God to help you be a good steward of the resources you have been given. Be focused on the tasks He has entrusted to you, work hard, and be persistent.