by John Barnett

Pursuing the Quiet Life
John Barnett
I Thessalonians 4:11-12

Read I Th. 4:11-12.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Christians not only have the obligation to love one another but also to be good testimonies to the people of the world. Paul's great concern was that the Thessalonican believers earn their own wages and not become freeloaders depending on the support of unbelievers. "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life" (1 Thes. 4:11, NIV) seems like a paradox; if you are ambitious, your life will probably not be quiet. But the emphasis is on quietness of mind and heart, the inner peace that enables a man to be sufficient through faith in Christ. Paul did not want the saints running around creating problems as they earned their daily bread.

Waiting quietly on the Lord like Jesus did! Mark 1:29-39; 3:20

Jesus had a full and very pressured life. His days were always long, His nights were often short. His time was constantly punctuated by the cries of enemies and friends. He was sought out by individuals, hunted by friends, invaded by crowds. He had hurried or no meals at times, and collapsed in fatigue to the point of sleeping through a storm.

Yet in the midst of constant pressures all about Him, He lived in an aura of constant peace. He lived and breathed the fragrance of a world of heavenly tranquility. To His dying hour He was brave, bold and confidently aware of God's plan. If He was just like us apart from our sin, which of His habits should we imitate? Just two for tonight.

Jesus was a man of prayer. He waited on the Lord - so should we.
Jesus was a man of the Scriptures. He waited in the Word - so should we.
The keys to the quiet life are found in Christ. Join me as we look at what He found as He searched and fed upon the Scr ...

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