Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thes 4:9-12, ESV)
A friend reminded me this week the context of this verse. The Thessalonians were sort of hanging out waiting for the Lord to return and that’s about it. I expect all the hanging around left them with lots of time to waste. “Killing Time.” I don’t even like saying it out loud but I must admit I’m guilty of it. Typically, when I have thought it or said it, what I mean is that the time between right now and the next thing I’m waiting for is pretty much a nuisance. I realize it’s during the times when I’m “killing time” that instead, it’s “killing me” or at least my spirit and it’s definitely grieving Him. Time is precious and a gift from God. I am purposing to be more intentional about how I use the time He’s given me. He is so good- amen?
Dina Seaton serves in Marketing at America’s Keswick, was saved by grace in 2000, and has been on staff since 2002. Dina loves Jesus because He first loved her. She is thankful to be a “Mom” for the last 20 years by her one and only son whom she adores more than words can say.