Written By: Ariel B.
Second Thessalonians is a small book but loaded with great take-aways. It talks about being thankful for fellow believers, it mentions “the day of the Lord” (i.e. end times), not being a social loafer is in there, as well as many other applicable lessons. I am going to share three things that stood out to me as I was reading it, but I hope you will go back and read it through for yourself. It’s such a short book. You could probably read it faster than you could walk around your house three times!
The first passage I would like to share is 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3.
2 “That you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” 3 “Let no one in any way deceive you….”
Recently, my husband Daniel had a conversation with a Christian who was believing false doctrine in relation to the end times. Thankfully, after Daniel showed this person what the Bible had to say in both the Old and New Testaments, the person changed their stance and returned to what Scripture clearly says on the topic.
My point to you: Read your Bible and know what God has said! When you are a part of conversations on Biblical topics (or any topic), do you believe any idea people throw out there, or do you listen to what’s being said, then return to Scripture and seek the truth? I hope you are not easily swayed by people’s opinions, but seek the truth which is in God’s Word.
This person could have simply read a couple of passages in Revelation and found the clear, Biblical position. Instead they chose to believe speculations and; therefore, proceeded to worry. Guard against false doctrine and information. Know the Bible!
The next verse is 2 Thessalonians 2:15.
15 “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”
This verse immediately brought to my mind the many people around the world who do not have a physical Bible and, if they do have one, they crave for more time to read it. In a recent Voice of the Martyrs article, it told the story of a woman who had a Bible but did not get to read it very often. One day, her husband found the Bible and tore it to pieces. Sometime later, her husband softened his persecution of her and allowed her a new Bible. He even started going to church with her! Although she has a new Bible, she still keeps the first, torn one. Why? She knows the value of it. She knows how special God’s Word is. She cannot bear to throw it away.
What about you? Do you value what God says? Have you taken time today to read His Holy Word? Perhaps your Bible is somewhere in your bedroom (or in a folder…that’s in a folder…that’s…on your phone), and it might as well be in the trash can.
If you have a Bible, please read it. If you don’t have one, I’ll get you one! No human ideas or opinions can ever replace the import words of God. Many people in remote parts of the globe still rely on the Bible being told through word of mouth. If you can read it for yourself, you have a great blessing and should not take that for granted.
My last point is from 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13, mainly verses 8-9.
8 “Nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.”
My takeaway is this: anyone can fall into social loafing. Be on guard against it. How? By looking for ways to be a servant. Taking out the trash at home or vacuuming the living room carpet can lighten the load on others in the family. Ways to be a servant at church include setting up chairs on Tuesday night for the Bible lesson or by volunteering at the church’s food pantry ministry. There are many ways to serve, and by serving, avoid the social loafing mentality.
When we serve, we need to serve Christ. Yes, if we help at the food pantry, we are serving people in need, but if done for God, we are also serving God (Matthew 25:34-40).
This last point may seem pretty basic, but in one’s day to day life, this basic concept of serving others and not being a social loafer can easily be overlooked. I challenge you to join me in making an extra effort to look for ways to serve at home and at church. Let’s glorify God through our good works!
I found these three passages in 2 Thessalonians encouraging and very motivating. I hope you did as well. I hope you will join me in choosing to read God’s Word, know what He says, value what He says, and put those Biblical truths into action.
What book of the Bible are you currently reading?
What book of the Bible are you going to start reading?