Be ambitious to be quiet, engaged in your own affairs, and working with your hands

see, hear, speak no evilWhen the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians, they were newly recovering from paganism, and they were being severely persecuted by people who were once their “friends.” Paul didn’t encourage the new believers in Yeshua the Messiah to convert anyone…quite the opposite; he set up a three-point instruction for a lifestyle that would keep them out of trouble and establish them as lights in the midst of the darkness surrounding them.

“…be ambitious to be quiet, and to be engaged in your own affairs, and to be working with your hands, according as we charge you, that you may be walking respectably toward those outside and you may have need of nothing.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

Two of Paul’s three points are easy enough to get, but making quietness an ambition is an odd concept. Look at Paul’s instruction through the definitions of his terms:

“Be fond of attaining quiet; practice or mind your own business with continued, habitual action; do what your hands find to do, i.e., keep yourself busy. And why is this important? First, so you can provide for your own needs…you won’t need to ask anyone for anything; second, so that you behave decently toward those who surround you, who are outside your newfound faith and fellowship. Perhaps, by your example, you may win them over to the Messiah.”

Paul advocated, at least in the case of the Thessalonians, a very different kind of evangelism: one of example, rather than preaching.

Who surrounds us today and Whom do they see when they look at our lives? What if we are the only examples of Yeshua the Messiah to people we know, love, and serve; how does our example look? Would they want to know Him because they know us? Are we BE-ing Jesus, or just talking about Him?

Like Barbara Brown often says, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.”

Blessings and joy in the journey.

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Author of GO GOD - Jump On Or Hang On, 'Cause God's Gonna Win!, and a REVENOUS student of the scriptures since 1972, it became clear to me that the original language translations (from Greek and Hebrew) didn't square with the English versions in significant ways...so significant, in fact, that people were once considered heretics for investigating what the original manuscripts REALLY said. The "heretic" label persists in some Christian circles today, when one's perspective calls traditional doctrines into question. Someone once said, "The odds of someone being right is directly proportionate to the number of people trying to prove him or her wrong." Since 1972, the operating principles that ultimately birthed the ScriptureDoc project are these: 1. The word of God was written for regular people, not just theologians...it has to make sense. For that matter God Himself must make sense, otherwise how can we know Him, and what benefit would there be in knowing Him? 2. When the word of God (or God Himself) doesn't make sense, it is our understanding that is lacking, not His word. We need to investigate, educate, expand, and adjust our knowledge, perception, and understanding. 3. The goal is to, "Endeavor to present yourself to God qualified, an unashamed worker, correctly cutting the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) 4. Last one: "All scripture is inspired by God, and is beneficial for teaching, for exposure, for correction, for discipline in righteousness, that the man [or woman] of God may be equipped, fitted out for every good act." (2 Timothy 3:15-16) 5) OK, one more: "Request and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who is requesting is obtaining, and who is seeking is finding, and to him who is knocking it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8) So . . .here's a forum where we look into what the word of God REALLY says, and what it REALLY means. IF you;re happy with what you've learned about God to date, this probably isn't for you; however, if you're open to what may be an alarmingly fresh perspective, jump on in. Join the live study (or by recording), called "Light Up The Scriptures" every Tuesday night at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Email me back for call-in details. Check out the book, "GO GOD! Jump On Or Hang On, 'Cause God's Gonna Win!" at www.Victory-Publishers.com

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  1. I am blessed and highly favoured to read through this post.

    Thank you mother Barbara Brown for the link.

    Much love in Chrrist