Mind Your Own Business
1 Thessalonians 4:10–12 (KJV)
And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
The exercise of our faith, like that of our muscles, always tends to make it stronger. The believers in the church of Thessalonica had been required to exercise their faith and it had built in them a great church.
Yet greatness isn’t reason to settle. A strong man won’t stay strong unless he continues to exercise. Even so, Paul urged this great church to greater greatness. Paul urged them on in four areas:
That ye increase more and more
They must not settle but strive for increase in all areas of godliness and testimony.
That ye study to be quiet
This interesting phrase is defined by the remainder of the verse and simply means to work at minding our own business in a peaceable manner.
That ye walk honestly toward them that are without
This quiet manner will translate into an irreproachable testimony toward unbelievers. They may not agree with us but they should find no reason other than faith to fault us.
That ye may have lack of nothing
When a man minds his own business he can be sure his own business will be better off.
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Originally published at mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com on January 28, 2017.