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The Book of 1 Thessalonians: Mind Your Own Business

Sunday May 1, 2005

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Study under the cut:

Lead a quiet life = “undisturbed”, consistently routine, not ‘noisy’

1 Timothy 3:2-4

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.

1 Timothy 3:7

He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

Psalm 23:2

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Psalm 36:10

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Mind your own business = “meddling”, includes gossip, judging, univited advice

Proverbs 18:13

He who answers before listening—
that is his folly and his shame.

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

1 Timothy 5:13

Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.

Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

A test for gossip: speaking about someone in a way that you would rephrase or refrain if they were right there standing next to you..

Work with your own hands

Colossians 3:22-23

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

Recommended Bible Reading

Proverbs 27:23-27

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;

for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.

When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.

You will have plenty of goats’ milk
to feed you and your family
and to nourish your servant girls.

Galatians 6:1-10

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.
Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

1 Timothy 6:1-2

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 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. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.

Ephesians 6:5-8

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Philippians 2:14-16

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out[a] the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

3 thoughts on “The Book of 1 Thessalonians: Mind Your Own Business”

  1. That sounds like such a great sermon- I especially love the part about meddling, because I’ve kind of been struggling with that- not myself, but when others are gossipping/ judging and try to justify it as “judging the fruits” of other Christians. I know that we are to do that according to the Bible, but when it becomes more just badmouthing than focusing on Him, then it’s not benefiting anyone…And people are just so quick to jump in with their advice and practically force you to do what THEY think is best… augh! Just really a sermon I wish I could have heard! I actually want to sit down later and really go into depth in all the stuff you put down. Thank you so much for taking the time to type it all! 🙂

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  2. I could get the sermon on cd for you and send it to you, if you would like 🙂 Let me know your address and I will 🙂

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