Friday, May 12, 2006

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Is it your ambition to live quietly? To mind your own business?

What sort of legacy do quiet people leave behind, anyway?

Do we celebrate those among us who work with their hands?

Or those unassuming folk who are never a burden to anyone?

This is not the stuff of motivational speakers and self-help books. But maybe we should pay more attention to what Paul is saying here at the end of this letter to Thessalonica.

If we do these things, other people will notice, we will gain their respect, and (with the grace of God) they may themselves be drawn to the Light. Paul is not saying that we are to be silent--a few words will always be necessary--but the world will never be persuaded by anything unless they see our hands at work in Love.

The song by Casting Crowns sums that up:

If we are the body
Why arent His arms reaching
Why arent His hands healing
Why arent His words teaching
And if we are the body
Why arent His feet going
Why is His love not showing them there is a way
Jesus is the way

We are the body. Quietly but with graceful intent, let us be about that work.

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