May 19, 2017: SOAP #2724: 1Kings 4,5; 2Chronicles 2; Psalm 101; 2Thes 3 Scripture:  2Thessalonians (NIV) 3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and [...]

May 19, 2017: SOAP #2724: 1Kings 4,5; 2Chronicles 2; Psalm 101; 2Thes 3

Scripture:  2Thessalonians (NIV) 3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, labouring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.  
9   We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.   10   For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

Observation:   Paul could have required that those who were being blessed spiritually bless him physically.   That would have not been improper, but Paul desired to set an example of a good attitude toward work.   He was not afraid of work.   He was not lazy.   His example would include his demeanor while working.   Those for whom Paul worked would have said, “Paul sure is a good worker.”   If he made tents in Thessalonica, those purchasing his tents would have said, “Paul sure does good work.”            

Application:   Work is important.   It is a privilege to invest my time, talent and effort in that which provides for the essentials of my physical life.   My work is a testimony to those around me.   In watching me at work, they should see the difference God makes in my life.    

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, may you be seen in my life at work.  May people get a good impression of you when they see me at work.   Amen                    

Pastor Leon  
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