Reflection on 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13




As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.


Paul commands the Thessalonians to have nothing to do with those brothers and sisters who refuse to work. He set the example himself of not depending on the people he ministered to. He had previously told them anyone who will not work should not eat.

Yet some of the Thessalonians remain idle and meddle in other people’s business. He encourages them to work and to never tire of doing good deeds.


Having an ethic of work rather than idleness is a long-standing christian (even pre-Christian) virtue. The Thessalonians may have been expecting Christ to return any moment, but Paul says they must continue to work and to do good deeds.

Contributing positively to society- whether through working for wages or running a business or through volunteering- is a part of our witness.

Christians must not only talk about the Saviour them must live lives which show that following Jesus makes a difference.

Whatever our financial arrangements, we must all ensure that our lives reflect the holiness of Christ.


Lord you command us to never get tired of doing good. Please show me how to live up to this commandment today. Amen.


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