Vs. 6, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.” The second coming of Jesus is more than just doctrine or belief…but it should be a lifestyle. The people in Thessalonica had decided they would just stop working, since Jesus was going to come back again soon anyway. And, unfortunately through the ages, there have been other clusters of groups that have done likewise. We are clearly told in Scripture that such a way of life is contrary to how we should live our lives. There is enough trials around us, we should not be the problem…but we should be the solution.
Regarding application…Perseverance. Vs. 13, “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” I think it is safe to say all of us have grown weary of doing something over and over again. For those in school, homework can easily be something we tire in. When you start a career, it can be weary trying to impress your boss while you are the low man in the company. Yet, perseverance is something that is often talked about, but hardly practiced. “Finish something you start”….perhaps every one of our parents have given us that exhortation/lecture. Spiritually, no matter how big our hearts are for the Lord…all of us can easily grow weary in this Christian life. It’s hard enough just trying to get by everyday as a Christian…but imagine how hard it would be to try to be good and do what is right all the time! But that is exactly what Paul is admonishing to us. Of course, on our own, we will undoubtedly grow weary…and that is why we have Jesus, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
It is no wonder so many of us fail and end up hypocrites in our lives…it’s because we are tired in doing good. The world makes fun of the do-gooders of the world. And it’s true…to do bad things or do things we know are not good…it’s just seems to have more entertainment value. That is why we often choose laziness over perseverance….it’s just so much easier and more enjoyable being lazy. But, we are not called to be lazy…in fact, Paul commands (like a General in the army) to get up off of our lazy rear ends and work hard & don’t get tired in doing good! He could only say this, because he too followed such an example. But, Paul needed Timothy and needed others to join him in this example. That’s where you come to play: God needs you to help inspire others in this world…it can’t be just the Pastors, teachers, etc. It has to be all of us!