Idle- not working or active, unemployed; doing nothing.
“Recently, Ive taken a trip to the cleaners to drop off some articles of clothing. As I pulled out of the parking area and approached the exit, I saw her. She was about 5’4’’, caramel complexion, and her attire was very revealing. And at that moment, that split second as I awaited to enter into traffic, I heard a voice, “You can have her” and immediately following that voice I heard, “What are you doing?” Opportunity presented itself and I drove off and left that place. Proving the old saying to be true, “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.”
1 Thessalonians 3:6“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every BELIEVER who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us…”
There’s a lot in this short chapter, and for the sake of time and understanding we’ll take it piece by piece until we’ve covered verses 6-18.
First, we understand and see that whatever it is we’re doing as believers we are to do it all and receive it all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Secondly, we are to respect and value the teaching of our teachers (those that have taught us the gospel/those that are teaching us how to live spiritually.)
Thirdly, we are instructed to stay away from every BELIEVER who is idle (not working, not active) not just spiritual/ministry work, for they have more time to be led astray/ or more time to get caught out of position (Ask King David how he saw Bathsheeba) And yes one of the key words if not the key word here is BELIEVER, so here we have to be very observant because often times believers think we’re suppose to link up with everyone as long as they are believers…
Fourthly, we are instructed to stay away from every BELIEVER who is disruptive (those that cause disruption) that’s distracting and misleading spirit. They’re always around and mostly unnoticed until you’ve missed your (blessing, opportunity, and or advancement.)
Lastly, and most importantly, keep away from those who don’t live accordingly to the teaching that you’ve received. Let’s say you have two believers, one has been taught to be the employer (Boss) but the other believer has always been taught to be a good employee. (Of course they would compliment each other Employer/Employee) Both are believers, but can you see the conflict? How can two walk together unless they be agreed? One believer has the mind set of owning the company, but the other believer is comfortable with just working for the company. The point is, you have to align yourself with those who are going in the same direction as yourself. Don’t be idle…