The Simple Life

Steven Valadez

“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

I’m a simple guy, and I like things to be simple. The Bible is full of simple, practical advice, and this passage is about as plain as it gets. Our ambitions ought to be simple. Living a quiet life means to live in tranquility. The word Jesus used in Matthew 5:9 is “peacemaker.” One of our goals as Christians should be live a life of peace. Don’t be obnoxious, loud, annoying, or seek to be the center of attention. Living a quiet life is hard for some of us, but God gives us a good reason.

Minding your own business is another goal we should have. When I was growing up, my pop always used to say “great minds talk about ideas, but weak minds talk about people.” The Bible tells us that we shouldn’t be busybodies, but that we should mind our own business. Don’t get into other people’s messes. I’m pretty sure you’ve got enough of your own messes to worry about!

“Working with your hands” means that we should earn our own living. It’s not a call to manual labor, it’s a call to working hard and not being lazy. Working hard can take different forms and can look different at different times in our life, but it should be a lifelong goal.

Why are these important goals? So “people who are not Christians will respect the way you live.” The people around us who don’t know God will notice. They’ll see that God’s people work hard, get along with others, manage their own affairs and can keep to themselves. Christianity is losing a lot of respect these days, but the Bible gives us a clear way to earn it back.

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