1 Thessalonians 4 Lesson

Do not become lazy

Chapter 4 is another short chapter. After receiving a good report on the brethren in Thessalonica from Timothy, Paul does not allow them to become content. Instead, he encourages them to grow even stronger in their faith, and to work even harder for the Lord.

Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12:

“But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, 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.”

God does not want us to rest on our laurels. In the Parable of the Talents (Mathew 25:14-30), the master was pleased when his servants took what they were given and turned it into even more. The master said:

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” – Mathew 25:21. This parable points out that God is pleased with those that take the spiritual gifts they have been blessed with and work hard to produce for the Lord.

In the same parable, the master was displeased with those that took their talents and buried them in the sand – not trying to grow them further. The master said of them:

“You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.  Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.  Therefore take away the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.” – Mathew 25:26-28. This part of the parable represents how God will be displeased with those that rest on their laurels. If God has blessed us with certain abilities, He wants to see us use them to produce fruits that glorify His kingdom.

Jesus said in Mathew 25:29-30:

 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.  Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Virtual Bible Study's lesson on using our spiritual gifts taken from Mathew 25

EVERYTHING that we have been blessed with is a gift from God. As we have seen from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, and in the Parable of the Talents, we are to use what we have been given to labor for the Lord and yield fruit. God is not pleased with those that are lazy or content with what they have. Being a Christian is not about being comfortable.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to remain hungry and productive throughout every phase of our lives. If we finish the race, we can look forward to someday hearing, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!”

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scriptures about endurance:

  • “Let us not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary.” - Galatians 6:9.
  • “Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us.” - Hebrews 12:1.
  • “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day.  For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. ” - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

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Mark Rogers

Of course it is my friend in Christ!! Jesus rested in the midst of His days of ministry. Rest is the essence of the 4th commandment (Ex. 20:8). We are human, and if we don't rest we lose our effectiveness. Rest is designed to refresh and restore us physically, spiritually and mentally.

Mark 6:31
"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest".”
Psalm 127:2
"In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves."

Rest easy, then you can function well.

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Michael
Mark Rogers

Great comments Mark!

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