I understand there are days when we want to throw up our hands and quit. Let’s be honest, sometimes this world is just downright mean. To live as a follower of Jesus is even tougher some days, but can I remind you that we are called to live. I’m not talking about just surviving and wishing days away. No, I’m talking about a full-blown life that brings us fulfillment and has an impact on the world around us.
As a follower of Christ, the only way we can live such a life is to live it as He has prescribed it. Paul helps us out with some commands in this area. In I Thessalonians 4:3 Paul reminds us that it is “God’s will that you should be sanctified.” All that means is that our lives should be set apart from the world. The Holy Spirit then goes on in the next several verses to describe what that looks like. Then in verse 7 we read, “For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.” We are called to live a life that has purpose, and that purpose is NOT to live like the lost world, but to have Christ live through us. Let’s be honest, as a believer there is no way we can really enjoy our life when we know there is a way we should be living, and we make decisions contrary to that truth. We can’t really live when we are trying to live a double life.
Paul goes on to tell us in v. 11, “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” So, as we live this life there is a call to live a quiet life. He goes on to say the way to do that is to mind our own business and to work with our hands. That means have a job with responsibility. This will keep us from putting our nose in everyone else’s business and uncomplicate our lives so that we can concentrate on what the Lord wants with us and from us. The point is to live. Live a life with purpose and joy. To sum that up we cannot live a life with purpose and joy if we live like the world; and we cannot live our life if we are trying to live in everyone else’s.
Paul then brings this around full circle in the beginning of verse 12 by telling us that by living this way “so that you will behave properly toward outsiders.” Let’s be honest, the world really has no idea what it means to live. The lost are just surviving and not very well if you ask me. But our lives should reflect the purpose and joy of truly living and that my friends can make a great impact on the hearts of the hurting.
So, go live. Nothing more, just live.