13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Today’s passage comes right after Paul addressed those who were part of the church in Thessalonica that were idle and living life in a disorderly matter (being busybodies), commanding them to settle down and earn the bread they ate. Paul then turns, and in a distinct way addresses the other group of believers, those who are living in an orderly matter, and urge them to:
- “never tire” (never faint, or be weary)
- “of doing what is good” (to do well, act honorably, do what is right)
Believers are encouraged to not shy away from doing good. Although those who are idle, the ones that can but do not work to earn their bread, should not be relieved from work, there is truly those who are in need (the needy, the poor, the widow, the orphan…). Believers are not to be discouraged from doing good because of the few who are living in idleness.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.