1 Thessalonians 4:11 – ‘Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.’
The above verse encourages us to do three things. First, we are to lead a quiet life. Not one that draws attention to ourselves. Through this, we can gain the respect of others. Secondly, we are encouraged to mind our own business. It is not our place to judge others, but God’s. Rather, we should lead a righteous life and let this be an example for others. And finally, we are to work with our hands. This work is associated with people who will not be dependant on anybody.
As we learn to work, we are productive. From this, we earn a wage or possibly a way to feed ourselves. Through working, we are able to provide for ourselves and our family. And in this way, we are not causing ourselves to be dependent on another. When we work, we at least provide for ourselves, not taking from others.
When we work we more often than not also gain an opportunity to provide for others. Many people work not only to support themselves, but also to support spouses, children and even extended family. God provides us with opportunities to work so that we can contribute to society, not take from it. As a wealthy Christian, perhaps your first goal should be to not be dependent on anybody.
Not be Dependent
Firstly, we should work to provide for ourselves. We should lead a respectable, hard working life and through this set an example for other Christians and non-Christians. Secondly, we should utilise our finances in such a way that we can also provide for others. This can come in many forms – supporting family, sponsoring children, paying taxes that provide welfare for others. The list goes on. Recognise that through earning a wage and paying taxes, you are able to bless many and not be dependent on anybody.
Financial tip – in times of plenty, don’t splurge this extra. Save a set percentage and use it to build up for times of need. If you unexpectedly come into money (like a tax refund) use it to decrease debts or increase savings.
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