Today's passage: 2 Thessalonians 3:13-18
- If we take our eyes off of Jesus and start comparing ourselves to others, we will lose our righteous motivation for doing what is right.
- “Burn out” is not just from doing too much…Burn out can be the result of doing too much for the wrong reasons.
- When you do the right thing for the wrong reason you will often fail to get the reward you mistakenly hoped for, and then you grow weary.
- The command to “take note and have nothing to do with that person” would refer to the life of the church. This is church discipline. When a person refuses to repent, they should not be counted as a member in good standing, and therefore not encouraged to participate in the Lord's Supper without repentance.
- The church would also often practice a “Love feast” which might look like a carry-in/pot-luck dinner in our day. If a person was refusing to work, it would have been unwise to continue to feed them.
- The word for “Ashamed” (Verse 14) means to inwardly reflect. This passage is not telling the church to shame people in sin. It is commanding the church to lovingly respond to people in their sin in such a way that the one in sin has no choice but to think of their need of repentance.
- It is loving to confront a brother or sister in sin.
- It is unloving to act like nothing is wrong.
Questions to consider:
- If sin brings death, why would we ignore it? Why wouldn't we try to alert the sinner and urge them to repent? Who are we really trying to protect when we refuse to speak up?
- Some people say, “One reason I need to be a church member is so that I can be disciplined if I am caught up in sin.” What do you think about that statement? What does God say (in the Bible) about that statement (Matthew 18:15-20)? Why is church membership so important?
- Why are you doing what you are doing? What are the rewards you are seeking? Do you feel weary in doing the good that you are doing?
If you are feeling “Burned out” try to discern humbly (Perhaps with the help of a trusted Christian friend) if the feeling is coming from physical exhaustion, suffering and hurt over the sin of others, or from a wrong goal or prize you are seeking. There's a great chance it is a combination of all three! Learning where the fatigue is coming from will help you to process and make the best decisions as to what needs to be done.