Vs. 2, “And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.” As Paul concludes his letter to the Thessalonians, I really appreciate how he is humble in asking for prayers too (vs. 1-2). He reminds us that there is danger from the evil one, yet we can find protection in the Lord! We then are given one last big exhortation to the body of Christ: watch out for idleness (vs. 6-18)! Question: What was going on? Because the Thessalonians were being taught false doctrines about Jesus’ coming, many of them had given up working. They were waiting for the Lord’s return and living off the generosity of others. This extra time on their hands also contributed towards other things: more time to gossip, more time to get in trouble, more time to just be a disruption. Paul makes sure that we understand how important it is to respond the right way to such people. Also, while Paul had the right to receive support from the Thessalonians (vs. 7-10), he chose to forgo it for their own sake. In the end, we should deal wisely with our interactions with others in the church (vs. 14-15)
Regarding application…Don’t be Lazy. Vs. 11, “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” I think we have all experienced this. We have a big clean-up day at church. Some people are working hard, while others are there, but kind of goofing around. It can frustrate the ones working hard, but Paul encourages them to not tire in doing good (vs. 13). As for the supposedly busy, Paul warns us not to associate with them. Perhaps you know the adage, “Birds of the same feather flock together.” Let’s be people who have a good work ethic, not for bragging purposes, but simply because it pleases the Lord! He know our hearts and let’s also show it through our actions!