↻ Updated: December 5th, 2019 by JPE
We find this verse in 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12: “But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” (NASB)
“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
Lead a Quiet Life by a Peaceful Lifestyle
God said that we need to excel in this life. How? By making a goal to live peacefully. That is the meaning of the phrase “to lead a quiet life” in the above verse.
This quiet or peaceful life is a must, therefore, make it as your ambition. God, Himself urged all of us, believers of Christ, to live this kind of an excellent life: “But we urged you, brethren (or Christians), to excel still more.”
Aim to Lead a Quiet Life by Working Hard
How to live a quiet life when you have a lousy job, for example? First, be a true believer of Christ (“we urged you, brethren” or brothers and sisters in Christ); Second, make it as a goal, avoid unnecessary clashes with your loved ones in your family—make it as a goal! Third, “attend to your own business (or profession or job) and work with your own hands,” meaning you need to love your work whatever it is, so that “you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” (cf. verse 12). Jobless, you can never live a quiet and peaceful life!
To work “with your own hands” happily is God’s command. To be contended with your job, in a word, is a divine mandate. Let’s re-read our verse:
It is a Divine Command to Lead a Quiet Life
IF YOU ARE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO WORK, WORK WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT. To use the apostle Paul (the writer of 1 Thessalonians through the inspiration of God), “We urge you.” It was a command. We urge you to attend to your own business or profession, and work with your hands (heartily) so that you will lead a peaceful life since you won’t be jobless again. For joblessness (and we all knew and experienced it!) is always the state and epitome of a person without real peace—living on welfare and the pity of family and friends.
Note of this phrase again: “we urge you, brethren,” meaning you can only be truly peaceful in this life if you have Christ Jesus (it is Paul’s meaning of “brethren,” no other!) in your heart as your only Lord and Savior by faith.