Words from the Heart for Friday October 19th, 2018
And do everything you can to live a quiet life. You should mind your own business. And work with your hands, just as we told you to. Then unbelievers will have respect for your everyday life. And you won’t have to depend on anyone.
I Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIRV)
Mind Your Own Business
Our personal work ethic is really our agreement with our God who first created man to be His partner. Adam was fruitful as he tended the garden as long as he followed the Lord’s instructions. Our work-life is part of our testimony. People who do not even know the Lord can respect us as His followers.
As of December 2015, the Canadian economy totalled 1.17 million employer businesses. Of these, 1.14 million or 98% were small businesses. As of 2015, small businesses employed over 8.2 million individuals in Canada, or 70.5 percent of the total private labour force. Small businesses in British Columbia and Alberta contributed the highest share to their provincial GDP at 33 percent and 32 percent respectively. Small businesses in Saskatchewan and Quebec contributed 30 percent to their provincial GDP.
While we don’t hear the phrase “the Protestant work ethic” very often these days, there was a day when Christians were noted by their hard work and commitment to providing for their family and building a prosperous society. The work ethic was founded on the teaching of God’s word, particularly in verses like 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: “And do everything you can to live a quiet life. You should mind your own business. And work with your hands, just as we told you to. Then unbelievers will have respect for your everyday life. And you won’t have to depend on anyone.” A big part of our testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ is lived out in our lives day by day. Followers of Jesus are called to go about our daily lives living out our faith by not being busy bodies, working hard and minding our own business. This doesn’t take rocket science. Christians ought to be the most honest, hard working people on the planet, experiencing the peace of God in the midst of daily living and being an example to others of honesty and integrity. How is your testimony for Christ where you work?
These have been words from the heart.