"This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before. As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs". (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
Are you ambitious?--What's your passion?--What is your life all about? Regardless of your answers, Paul gives us a three-fold check on our ambitions.
#1--We should desire to live a quiet life. The idea is to avoid chaos--to experience peace and order.
#2--We should want to mind our own business. This means to focus on the
work that God has called us to accomplish. Don't concern yourself with
others and their work. Mind your business.
#3--We should strive to work with our hands. This is the opposite of idleness. We are to be engaged in constructive work.
The best part of our passage today is the promises: #1--Respect, and
#2--Financial Freedom. If you desire either promise, you have three
clear areas of your life to grow. Today is great day to get started.