Your greatest witness
Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Here is your greatest witness as a child of God to the outside world around you. Lead a quiet life, take care of your own business and get a job. In this way you are walking out the example of godliness to unbelievers and you will have all that you need to complete your mission. Let me put it another way that might make it a little clearer. Don’t be loud with constant protest about what you don’t agree with, don’t give your opinion/comments on other people’s way of living, don’t be lazy and unproductive never accomplishing anything, because then you will live an improper/struggling life toward others and always be wanting more.
Maybe that’s a little extreme but take a look around you and consider if that isn’t the way that a lot of the world lives today. What about you? Are you the kind of person that is loud with your objections to the way society is? I don’t mean in volume only but that you feel it necessary to complain to others and talk about how the world is so messed up. What about getting involved in other people’s business? Do you try to tell people what to do and where they are going wrong? Working a job? Do you work hard at your job regardless of what level you are on, or do you do the minimum requirement to just get a paycheck. Even worse, do you stay home and just think that it is God’s job to take care of everything you need while you spend your day on frivolous things like media, television and snacking?
This scripture is clear that we are to live life a step above the world’s ways. Not in a superior, judgmental way, but in an empowered and full of God’s grace way. Our example gives us credibility when we speak. If we are spouting complaints and criticisms like the rest of the world around us, when it comes time to talk about spiritual things, those people will just tune us out like they did when we were spouting. Let’s be the kind of person that walks to a higher standard than the world around us. We are empowered to do more, give more and encourage more than them. We have the greater one inside us. That’s not just to bail us out when we get in trouble, He’s there to give us the grace and strength we need to live differently and help others along the way.
Today I want to encourage you to live a quiet life by minding your own business and doing your best work everywhere you go. Be an example to those around you without even saying one word. Set a standard wherever you are that will cause others to rise up and become better at what they do. Then be ready to answer the questions gracefully when people notice that you live life differently than others. Let your success and carefree living be your greatest witness and let the Holy Spirit be the one who draws people to Him through your greatest witness.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12