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“…that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you…”


and to work with your own hands,

Some believers came to the rash conclusion that the Lord’s coming would occur within a concise time frame, so they quit their jobs and closed down their businesses.

Thirdly, Christians are to work with their own hands.  They do not depend on financial support from other Christians.  Someone who supports himself is no drain on others.  Each Christian must shoulder his own financial burdens.  Evidently, some Christians took advantage of other Christians financially.

as we commanded you

When Paul came to Thessalonica, he laid out the importance of financially providing for the family as a basic value.  Paul spent only three or four weeks in Thessalonica, but he made sure that they understood the importance of work.


Work is a basic ethic of Christianity.


Idleness is the Devil’s workshop.  People who do not have enough to do gossip and malign others.

2 Th 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.”

1Ti 5:13, “And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.”

A person who financially supports himself honors others.  It should be the ambition of Christians to honor one another.  We should make it our strong goal to honor others by providing financially for ourselves.

It is honorable for a Christian to support himself financially.  This Christian does not stick his nose in the business of others.