by Nelson Price

Whistle While You Work
Nelson Price
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

JESUS CHRIST said, ''I must work the work of Him that sent me...'' (Acts 9:4).

He also said, ''My father worketh hitherto, and I must work.'' (John 5:17).

If Jesus worked, who am I to think I shouldn't? If Jesus worked because the Father worked, who am I that I should not emulate my Heavenly Father.

Not only is it important that we work but that we work with the right motive and spirit.

Recently we traveled along the Rhine River in Germany through the mountains where the legend of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs originated. That popular fairy tale became the subject of Walt Disney's first feature length animated film in 1937. Anyone who has ever heard it has to like it. My imagination is so fertile that I could envision the little characters which never existed as though they still live in those German mountains. The Wicked Queen, the Prince, Snow White, and of course Sleepy, Bashful, Grumpy, Dopey, and all the rest. The thing that amazed me was that they whistled on their way to the mines where they worked. Remember them singing...

''Just whistle while you work...So, hum a merry tune. It won't take long where there's a song to help you set the pace...whistle while you work.''

That is the attitude with which we Christians should approach all of our work.

In the N.T. era there were believers in the church at Thessalonica who believed in the second coming of Christ so intently that they quit their jobs and sat around waiting for His glorious return. Aspirations regarding Christ's advent is admirable. However, it should motivate action not apathy. In light of their attitude, Paul, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit issued the Thessalonian Welfare Reform Act which stated: ''If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.'' Simple isn't it?

Let's make application of this text first to the world of your career and profession, and then to your service for our Lord within His church ...

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