Paul’s final instruction to the Thessalonians was two-fold—Live well and allow God to provide what he requires. Paul listed the reqirements—1. Acknowledge those that work hard 2. Live at peace with each other 3. Set a work ethic 4. Encourage the discouraged 5. Help the weak and 6. Be patient with everyone—in summary, do good for others and not evil (even if they deserve it) This instruction is very counter to the culture, but very practical for a life of peace.
The Second instruction, however, is life changing—He who calls you is faithful and he will do it. It is liberating once we realize that If God wants us to do something he will provide the means and the tools to do it. Like any father, Our Lord—would never set us up to fail. But, we have to trust him and allow him to make the provision. Too often, we ask him to provide and then press forward without waiting for him to do so. One of the great verses in the old testament is Isaiah 40:31—Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint. What a Promise!!! What a Lord!
God Bless You
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.