Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Why Work Hard?
2 Thes. 3:12-18

12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that man and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame. 15 And yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! 17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. NAS

Introduction
Do you like to work hard? If someone says "this is going to be hard work"; what is your reaction.

It is interesting how we can make hard work a burden or a pleasure. If we are told this is a difficult task but it can be done and your the person for the job. He motivates us to get busy and do the job. Christians ought always to be willing to work hard.

In Thessalonica some people thought Jesus was coming soon and they should sit around and wait for His coming. You see wrong theological interpretation leads to wrong theological application.

If the Lord is coming soon; we should be even busier as we see the day approaching because we want to found occupying until He comes.

Why Work Hard: Because of the Precepts of God.

Why Work Hard: Because of the Purpose of God.

Why Work Hard: Because of the Peace of God.
 
 

1.    Why Work Hard: Because of the . . Precepts of God. v 12-13


12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

A.    The Precept of the . . Brethren. v 13 a
            ". . . to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, . . . "

            1.    The Christian Faith is a Faith of many brothers and sisters.   We have a relationship to
                    one another.
            2.    The word  "Saint"  properly translated is always plural in the scriptures.
                    a.    We are not Lone Rangers

B.    The Precept of the . . Blessing. v 13 b
            ". . .do not grow weary of doing good."

Strong's # NT:1457a
egkakeo (eng-kak-eh'-o); The Textus Receptus has ekkakeo (See NT:1573) in all New Testament passages: to be afraid, to become discouraged, to become weary or tired, to despair, to lose heart, to tire of. (Biblesoft's Strong's Numbers - Concordance)

Illustration Don't Give Up
Last Sunday Afternoon two of the St. Louis Cardinal ball players collided. J. D. Drew an outfielder collided with the Vina the 2nd baseman. Later Vina was seen talking strongly to Drew about the play. Drew sat with his head down looking rather disappointed.

The next day J. D. Drew went to bat 5 times and for the first time he got 4 hits in the same game. Vina got 3 hits and both players contributed to the victory for the cardinals.
 

Application

We should not grow weary in well doing.
 
 

2.    Why Work Hard: Because of the . . Purpose of God. v 14-15 


14 And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that man and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame. 15 And yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
 

A.    The Purpose of . . Obeying. v 14 a
        "And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, . . "

Illustration    Follow Instructions.
Lonnie Smith in a world series game stopped at 3rd base and then restarted. All the time the coach was encouraging him to keep running toward home but was thrown out at home plate. If he had paid attention to the coach he would have been save and the Braves would have won the World Series.

        1.    Do we follow the instructions of the Lord.

B. The Purpose of . . Ostracizing. v 14 b
ostracize (¼s"tr-sºz") tr.v. ostracized, ostracizing, ostracizes. 1. To exclude from a group.2. To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece. 3. (v.) To slight deliberately:

v 14 b ". . . take special note of that man and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.

Strong's # NT:4593 Take Notice
semeioo (say-mi-o'-o); from NT:4592; to distinguish, i.e. mark (for avoidance): KJV-note. (Biblesoft's Strong's Numbers)

Strong's # NT:4874 Associate
sunanamignumi (soon-an-am-ig'-noo-mee); from NT:4862 and a compound of NT:303 and NT:3396; to mix up together, i.e. (figurative) associate with: KJV-(have, keep) company (with). (Biblesoft's Strong's Numbers)

C.    The Purpose of . . orderliness. v 15
            "And yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Illustration
While reading the third chapter of Malachi, a woman came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse. "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

Intrigued by the phrase, the woman decided to visit a silversmith and inquire about his trade. She went accordingly and begged a local silversmith to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her.

"But sir," she said, "do you just sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh yes, madam," replied the silversmith. "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."

The lady at once saw the beauty and comfort of the expression, He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." God sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random.

As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, "By the way, the only way I know when the process of purifying is complete is by seeing my own image reflected in the silver."

Application

Mal 3:3 "And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of
Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. NAS
 
 

3.    Why Work Hard: Because of the . . Peace of God. v 16


        "Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

A.    The . . Catalyst of the Peace of God. v 16 a
        " Now may the Lord of peace Himself . . . "

        1.    Peace may easily come in the midst of Hard Work.
        2.    Mix all the ingredients of life and Hard Work.
        3.    Into that mix the presence of God causes peace.
        4.    Person may say "I sleep like a baby"
        5.    Note "Lord" of Peace, Jesus is Lord of Peace.
        5.    Satan is only a prince!    Eph. 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this
                world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the
                sons of disobedience. NAS

B.    The . . Continuing of the Peace of God. v 16 b
            ". . . continually grant you peace. . . "

            1.    The Hard Work of any and "every" experience.

C.    The . . Circumstances of the Peace of God. v 16 c
            ". . . in every circumstance.
 

D.    The . . Comfort of the Peace of God. v 16 d
            ". . . The Lord be with you all!

Illustration
About 30 years ago Christa and I were driving back from St. Louis and as we turned off on highway 111 on the last 20 mile stretch of road she started talking. About 15 miles later she said "Jim" and It startled me. She then said you have not heard a word I said have you?" I said a very dumb thing like "were you talking?"

The point is this she was in the car with me and talking so I could hear but I did not hear. How many time does something similar happen in our relationship with the Lord. He may be near and talking buy we don't not hear. We miss the comfort of His peace.

Illustration
Tommy Tighe, a six year old from California, had a vision that he could establish peace in the world.

To accomplish his mission, Tommy had some bumper stickers made that said, "PEACE, PLEASE! DO IT FOR US KIDS."

To get his message out, this six-year-old went to Ronald Reagan's home, (the former president of the United States), knocked on his door, and sold him a bumper sticker.

Then He sent a bumper sticker to Mikhail Gorbachev, who in turn sent him back $1.50 and a picture that said, "Go for peace, Tommy," and signed it, "Mikhail Gorbachev, President."

After about two years of proclaiming his message of peace around the world, Tommy went on The Joan Rivers Show. At the end of the show, Joan leaned in and asked, "Tommy, do you really think your bumper sticker will cause peace in the world?"

Tommy, enthusiastically and with a radiant smile, said, "So far I've had it out two years and got the Berlin Wall down. I'm doing pretty good, don't you think?"

Application

God may use human efforts to bring peace to mankind but only He can bring peace. It will be related to hard work.
 

CONCLUSION

17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
 

Why Work Hard: Because of the Precepts of God.

        Why Work Hard: Because of the Purpose of God.

               Why Work Hard: Because of the Peace of God.