In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. NIV 2 Thessalonians 3:6
How many of you reading this are hosted or hosting family members over the holidays that do not offer to help cook or do the dishes, or wash the linens? It’s easy to get caught up in festivities and fail to consider the efforts of others required to make us feel welcomed. We’ve all been there, and sometimes, sadly we become those very friends and relatives.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 is a warning to us to not follow the examples of those who profess to be righteous, but simply expect the food, warmth and hospitality of others without the consideration or willingness to help or pay for it. While we should be loving to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we should “keep away” or “not get too close” to those who become idle as to follow their example, but to create an example for them and others to follow.
Daily Battle Order:
Enjoy the hospitality of others when offered, but be mindful of the costs and the efforts made to make you feel welcomed. Remember to offer to help prepare a meal, or to do the dishes, or strip the beds to make laundry easier when you leave.
Like Paul, who refused to ask more from the Thessalonians or overstay his welcome, these actions can help limit the disruption of your stay as a guest in the homes of our hosts and set an example for others to follow that, as a believer, we aren’t there to simply take.