“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you.”1 Thessalonians 4:11
This world is filled with people driven by ambition. But I suspect not many of them aspire to lead a quiet life and mind their own affairs.
We might do well to pause for a moment and consider Paul’s exhortation to mind our own business. Have there been times when you’ve tried to micromanage someone else’s life? You may have attempted to direct their thoughts or emotions. You may have tried to plan their lives, make their decisions, and fix their problems. Sometimes our sincere desires to help end up being not very helpful at all.
God wants us to mind our own affairs for many reasons. First, when we are busy taking on others’ responsibilities, we tend to do poorly at fulfilling our own. Also, rather than making things better, our meddling often takes away their opportunities for growing and trusting in God. Finally, our intrusions may encourage the idea that one person can be the savior of another. While God will use us in the lives of others, we remember that we already have a Savior, One who is all-knowing and all-powerful.
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
“Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6)
Bible In A Year
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- Proverbs 13
- James 4-5