by Matt Smith
When was the last time you were tired? I mean really tired. Physically or mentally wore out. Maybe it was when you had a baby who just didn’t want to sleep more than an hour or 2 at a stretch. Or maybe during a time of financial stress you found yourself working a couple of jobs in order to make ends meet. For myself, I can look back to the months prior to when I had back surgery about 7 years ago. My back pain would only allow me to sleep a few hours at a time and I frequently found myself at night up pacing or tossing and turning more than I actually would sleep. Or perhaps, you very well may have had a very tiring week last week with going to work all day and then come to church at night to help with Summer Blast.
In our passage today we read about someone else who was apparently dealing with fatigue. In 2 Thess. 3 we read about the apostle Paul, along with Silas and Timothy, who were stretching themselves thin. In order not to be a burden to this young church, Paul says that they “wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you.”(vs 8). This indicates that they were busy, not just involved in spiritual work but also in enough physical work to help provide for their needs. Paul even stresses that they were busy night and day. They weren’t just putting in an 8 hour day and then retiring for the rest of the day, they were working hard! In contrast, there was apparently a problem in this church with “some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” (vs. 11). Paul then exhorts these lazy busybodies in the next verse to learn to be quiet and work. It’s much harder to be a busybody if you are busy working.
Then Paul closes out this thought by encouraging the church to “be not weary in well doing” (vs. 13). Don’t quit! Yes, living for God can get tough, tiring, exhausting, at times more physically, at other times more mentally. But stick with it! Our time of rest and reward is in our future as we spend eternity with God. In the meantime let us follow Paul’s example and “not be weary in well doing.”