2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, 8 and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. 9 This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. 11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
The church at the time Paul was writing was not something one attended for an hour on Sundays, but was the community of people with whom all of life was shared. Everyone was expected to pitch in, but apparenty some were not.
v. 10 “Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”
In today’s church, community life looks a bit different. We don’t share every meal together, but we do work together in the ministry of the church – both on the church campus and elsewhere. It’s a labor of love that we share as a community.
And to make it work everyone needs to participate in some way. We all have unique gifts and talents to share in the life of the church. Here’s my question for you today:
How are you contributing to the work of your local church? Are you doing your part? Are you giving generously of your time, talent, and treasure for the sake of the gospel in your hometown?
For many of you, the answer is “yes”. To you I’ll simply say “thank you”. We couldn’t be the church without you.
And if your answer is “no”, what do you think the Lord would have you do about that? Pray about it.
Lord Jesus, the church is a family on mission together in the work of the gospel. Give us grace today to do our part for the sake of those to whom we are called. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.