"For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right." 2 Thess. 3:11 - 13
There was idleness from the believers in Thessalonika because of the belief in the imminent return of Christ. While we are aware that we do not know the actual time of our Lord's return, we are still to do the work that our Lord has set us to do. Think now about how many people have become disengaged from church life. They might have membership in a church but don't feel it necessary to be active at all. After all, they may feel it is not required, or believe others can do the work, or may just feel that they aren't capable of doing much in the church or for the Lord.
I believe that on this Sunday, we must examine our own lives to see how much we are doing the Lord's work in our lives. It must go beyond just attending Sunday worship. It might entail being in service to your community, helping to build relationships with people who are unchurched, or helping the least of those in our world.
And of course, our financial giving also comes into the picture. We are to give knowing that all that we have received is a gift from God. While the church itself needs money to keep going, the larger issue is what is means to you on a personal level. You are giving back to God what God has given to you. Think of the many ways that God provides for you!
In preparation for this Sunday's worship, I would ask you to reflect on the stewardship of your time, talents, and treasure. How are you doing? The Lord needs you for his work and Savior Divine needs you as well.