By Senior Pastor Ronald Bernier, Master Builder Ministries, Fall River, MA.
When one thinks about the word “disorderly” many things might come to mind; things such as disorganized, unkept, immoral even out of control. Yet in the context in which Paul present this idea, the individual or individuals are those who do not follow the example of the apostles who work hard, toiling in such a way that their own needs would not be a burden to others. On the contrary, there were some in the churches that went about as busy bodies, not working hard and seeking to get their supply through the hard work of others. You could say that they took advantage of the generosity and hard work of others.
Paul says that this type of life should not be encouraged:
“But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6
“For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. But you brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.” 2 Thessalonians 3:11-14
We will always have givers and takers in this life. However, if we are called as Christians we are to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles and seek to be those who work hard and provide for the needs of our families as we help those around us. Generosity should never be used as a means to allow the able to skate from their own responsibilities. Together we should endeavor to accomplish the purpose of God. In this He is much glorified.