Working in the Name of God (13/11/2016)

Working in the Name of God! That sounds mystical but it really is quite straight forward.

2. Thess. 3: 7 to 12:

[7] For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; [8] Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: [9] Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us. [10] For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. [11] For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. [12] Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Working in the Name of God!

Should we not lead our entire lives working in the Name of God?

 Working in the Name of God

But how can we? Doesn’t working life prescribe our actions? Yes, but shouldn’t we still follow God? When I began to write Greetings from Paradise a friend asked me, how I possibly could write a book. He himself, he said, was always so busy, that he never found the time to put his thoughts in order. The Bull of Wall Str. seems to be a jealous god also. It does not command us not to worship other gods, it actually hinders us from doing so! It actually impedes us in working in the Name of God!

Some point to Eph. 2: 8 & 9, ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.’ So is there a point in doing good? Cynics say, Christian can sin anyway, because they will be forgiven.

Ephesians 2 continues, (verse 10),

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are good! Look at how friendly little children are to each other, when they first meet. Aren’t they working in the Name of God? Jesus said (Luke 18: 16 & 17),Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

We are good and we will be working in the Name of God! Unless of course we turn bad by following some bad ideals, like competition, greed and so on. One person cannot help everybody. We should pick some good to do and do this of our own volition. We shouldn’t act like slaves!

Does 2. Thess. 3: 10 to 12 speak against social security?

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Most certainly not! Christianity is all about helping the needy! At Paul’s time there was no unemployment as today. There was always the opportunity to do some good! And most certainly today there is always the opportunity to do some good. Everybody can be working in the Name of God. However the bull – god of Wall Str. might not always reward us with money for good deeds. As a matter of fact, an act of Neighbourly Love should not focus on money!

How did the early Christians live? Acts 4: 32, ‘And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any [of them] that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Amen!