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Thursday, May 29, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Thessalonians 4:9-12(NASB)
9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
While we are supposed to take care of the needy, we're not supposed to become needy if we can help it. While we don't have to go Mennonite in our modesty, we're not to be flashy; we're to do our jobs quietly. Why quietly? Because if we do our jobs with flash, it can develop an overly-large ego. Paul's not talking about not doing our jobs well, but to do so without forcing attention to be paid to us. A good worker will get the praises of his boss, while a good business will get the praises of its customers. I'm not sure about the "working with your hands" part, for about the only work my hands do is on a keyboard or a whiteboard. The one thing that hit me this morning when trying to apply that to today is the word your; if you've gotten so rich that only the hired hands work, you may be too rich for your own good. That implies that we need to keep working even if we can afford not to; that puts our talents to good use and keeps us from getting too snooty.

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