Good Citizenship

10 … But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need (1 Thessalonians 4).

At its core Christianity is not just spiritual, it is practical as well. We must live our lives in such a way that we do not become a burden on society. This means we “lead a quiet life and attend to [our] own business,” so as not to cause others any trouble. It also means we “work with [our] own hands” in order to provide for ourselves, so that we do not become dependent upon “outsiders”—those outside the faith.

This is something we must make our“ambition,” that is, “to be motivated by love or honor.” It means wanting to be known and honored for something. Thus, believers should make it their business to be known for never becoming a burden on society in any way. We are givers, not takers. We don’t cause problems, we help solve them. People are glad we’re here, not wishing we weren’t. 

Lord, help us This Day to be the best citizens we can be for Your glory. Amen.