Make it your ambition

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NLT – Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. [12] Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

I really like the simplicity of above verses. It is simple and straight to the point. There are three things to do and two results.

Paul says make it your ambition to…

1. Live a quiet life.

2. Mind you own business.

3. Work hard with your hands.

These are simple instructions we can all follow. Paul wanted there to be no reasons why people in the city would not come to Christ, so he encouraged the people to live good lives.

The results would be…

1. That those outside the church or faith would respect the believers lives.

2. That they would not need to rely on others to live if they worked hard and made their own way.

Paul understood that those outside the faith watch believers and see if their lives match up with their words. They want to see that someone’s faith is real and it effects the way they live.

Living our faith out in a way that is attractive to those outside the faith is very important. As I said in church last Sunday, I don’t want people to be surprised that I follow Christ, I hope it is obvious to them.

So let us follow Paul’s words today and live a quiet life, mind our own business and work hard with our hands.