Paul was concerned with the reports he received about members of the church that were not working and simply taking their daily meals with the body of Christ. In their idleness, they had plenty of time to complain and to criticize the way things were being done. Their complaints and criticism were having a negative impact on the entire church family. Paul was clear. Get to work. While one is working, they have little time to complain or to criticize. In addition, those that are busy and active understand the daily pressures and circumstances that impact a group. They are grateful for the support and not critical of the method. Paul simply wanted that attitude of gratefulness and unity.
In our lives, we too must remain busy and active. We must not complain about the way things should be, but, instead, be our best and become servants to others. It is less likely to be a critical atmosphere if we are serving one another. In fact, the more selfless our attitude becomes, the more likely things will get done and the body will benefit. In modern terms, Paul is simply saying quit griping and do something to make a difference. Work hard, pray often and serve willingly. Then God can bless you mightily.
God Bless You
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you, yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 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. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people, we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.