Scripture to Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
God has called us to live our lives in such a way that we are not a burden to anyone else. God has also commanded us to live so that lost people see we live above reproach in all areas of our lives. God tells us today, in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, that we are to make it our daily goal to live our lives quietly and peacefully. To live quiet and peaceful lives means we will choose not to get caught up in gossip, backbiting, tearing others down, silly arguments, or allowing our words, or lives, to be a bad witness for our Lord. God also commands us to mind our own business and to work hard (Ephesians 4:28; Colossians 3:17, 23) so that we have something to share with others who might be in need. To mind our own business does not mean that we are not to hold each other accountable in our walk with our Lord. To mind our own business means we steer clear of unwholesome talk, and that we make sure our words are gracious and kind at all times (Ephesians 4:29). God commanded us to do all of this so that we behave properly toward those who do not have a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We are to live so lost people see our good character and personal integrity in all areas of our lives (Colossians 4:5-6). By obeying what God has commanded, we will not be in need and we will be used by Him to serve others.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today about what your life should look like to a lost world?
2. What lost person can you share your life with today so that they see Christ in and through you?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!