Quiet Life

The apostle Paul wrote the following in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. Writing to early Christians, he encouraged, “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others” (New Living Translation).

It is kind of remarkable that Paul wrote these words because he developed a reputation as a controversial figure who tended to cause a revelation or a riot when he came to town. His life was anything if quiet. He did work with his hands as a tent maker. And he tried to avoid unnecessary legal entanglements. However, he still found himself stuck in jail more than once.

The general idea here seems to be that Paul encouraged other believers to live above reproach. They were not to be busybodies or slackers. They were to be self sufficient if able-bodied. They were not to cause unnecessary quarrels. They were to try to live at peace with others as much as possible.

Paul encouraged early Gentile Christians to dare to be different and to live counter to pagan practices. Even the above exhortation might seem unusual because the Hellenists did not hold a high view of manual labor. Paul seems to encourage it as a way that Christians can relate to others, show humility and earn their way.

Is your life speaking volumes through its quietness?

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