Jesus Is Coming Soon: Do the Right Thing

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      09/22/19
 
“Jesus Is Coming Soon: Do the Right Thing”
2 Thessalonians 3:1 – 18
 
INTRODUCTION: In the hectic day to day struggle to survive and maintain, it is very easy to lose sight of who we are in Christ and the task he has called us to do. We may even get so tired of the struggle that we give up or back off or let down our guard. The vision becomes blurred in the tears of the moment. Paul reminded his listeners to “not grow weary in doing good” (3:13). Tough times call for tireless troops. when others seem to falter or grow weary and drop out of the battle, that is the time to remember that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). How can you stay fresh and strong as you serve the Lord?
 
DEVELOP A LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER AND FAITHFULNESS.
 
*Pray for the advance of the gospel and deliverance from wicked and evil men.  “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men” (1-2).
 
*Pray for trust and obedience to God’s word. “For not all have *faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command” (3-4).
 
*Pray for a deeper understanding of God’s love and perseverance as you wait for Christ.  “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (5).
 
Aim to be intimate with God and tough in ministry.
 
AVOID A LIFESTYLE OF IDLENESS AND DISOBEDIENCE.
 
*Keep away from loafers because idleness leads to sin. “Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us” (6).
 
*Work builds character and wealth. “For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate” (7-9).
 
*Idleness leads to poverty and trouble. “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies” (10-11).
*Applaud the hard worker but admonish the shirker. “Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother (12-15).
Aim to work hard and do the right thing at all times.
 
CONCLUSION: PRAYER AND WORK PREPARE THE WORKER.