06/08/14 Are You Hig-Gle-Dy-Pig-Gle-Dy!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, June 9, 2014 Under: Sermon
“BE OF GOOD CHEER!” Series: Week 7 – (2 Thessalonians 3:6-18)

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 (NKJV)

“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. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 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. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Application: Godly living will not allow disorderly conduct.

Intro: In the reality of wanting to be a good Christian and being aware of some of the do’s and don’ts, the last part of 2 Thessalonians deals with a topic that many Christians just don’t factor in their life style. It deals with a very significant subject for our day and time: work and employment. The workplace is full of disorderly workers, workers who slack off and do as little as possible; workers who are eye watchers, who work only when they see the boss coming. In addition to these, there are many in our society who could be working, but they choose not to work because of laziness and slothfulness; and they have found a way to sponge off the government, social services, churches, and neighbors. The result is that a tragic dullness and a spirit of give me has pervaded the workplace and nation. It gets worse; there are Christians who are disorderly in the church, with their commitment to God.

Are you a Hig-gle-dy-pig-gle-dy Christian?

1. Reprimand: vs. 6-7

This last section of the book starts with a reprimand: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition (Habits) they received from us. Paul is saying you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. Paul taught that the Christian should “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.” This is a strong command! This reprimand, this rebuke, this scolding is serious stuff. If we want to be obedient to what the scriptures teach, we must continue to align with God, I’m going to say it, you have heard it – there is only one plan and it is PLAN A! There is Not a B, or C, or even a D! God’s way or no way.

Who does this reprimand apply too? The Hig-gle-dy-pig-gle-dy: This is a confused person, their disorderly. The guided Christian (One who is led by the Holy Spirit) is not higgledy-piggledy!

Paul’s reprimand tells us who the disorderly the hig-gle-dy-pig-gle-dy Person is! Godly living will not allow disorderly conduct.

The reprimand is clear and concise, are you orderly or disorderly?

2. Recipients:

Paul mentions three kinds of individuals needing to be rebuked: These recipients are -

    1. The lazy: vs. 6-10

    Who are the disorderly? They are the idle, the slothful, and the lazy. If they continue to be idle, slothful, and lazy, the other believers are to withdraw from them. They are deliberately disobeying the instructions of God. “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)

    Paul was a good example of a disciple and he was reminding the other Christians to follow his example because Jesus was leading his life. Paul stated “Follow us” I believe that is discipleship? "if any [will] not work, neither should he eat." this is a command, it is not dealing with those who are honestly unable to work due to disability or being unable to find employment. If a person is able to work, they are to work. If they refuse, their not to be fed; there not to be allowed to sponge off the church, community, or society. There is no excuse for a person not working if there is able to work—not in the sight of God. Too many in the world—millions—are desperate and destitute, dying within and without from loneliness, emptiness, starvation, disease, and sin. What are you doing to make a difference? If anything. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

    2. The gossipers: vs.11, 13

    The idle worker tends to be a busybody. The mind is always active; it is never still. It is either thinking positive thoughts or negative and evil thoughts. An idle person has an idle mind. An idle mind is the devil's playground. This is the reason why so many idle persons—regardless of their age—get into trouble. Too many believers are busybodies, that is, poking themselves into other people's affairs, tattling, gossiping, and spreading all kinds of talk and rumors. They just go about speaking all kinds of things that they should not. Why? Because they do not stay busy for the Lord by helping and ministering to the needs of those within the community. They should mind their own business and do good.

    3. The disobedient: vs. 14

    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. We can all be guilty of being disobedient; it should be our goal at all cost to avoid falling into this trap. Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. Old song but still very pertinent to us Now!

You do not want to be a recipient of Hig-gle-dy-pig-gle-dy’s

3. Rules:

That in itself is the first problem, rules; there are many Christians that don’t want to be told How they should act at the work place or that they do everything for the glory of God: “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” They don’t want to be told they must tithe, or come to Bibles Studies, or read their Bible… Paul gives three steps to be taken in dealing with these rules.

    Step 1 — identify them. vs. 14a

    It really isn’t hard to identify the Hig-gle-dy-pig-gle-dy Christian. Their often distance, seldom around for fellowship, inactive, no desire to participate, negative about almost everything, unhappy mad at the world and it shows. The disorderly Christian has been around as long as there has been mankind. It is nothing new, but I personally think the church needs to do a better job of identifying them and trying to win them back into a relational love for Christ and one another.

    Step 2 — admonish them. vs. 12, 15a

    Stay away from them. Discipline the idler the disorderly—have no company with them. Withdraw from them and have no fellowship with them, so that they may be ashamed. The hope is that their shame will motivate them to get up and get to work. That is real love! Not to keep them down but to encourage them to get up! Follow. The Lord is not cold or hard about the matter. If a believer has been mistaken about how they should work—if they have been slothful and slack in their work—the Lord will forgive. The believer must confess their wrong and repent. They must repent by beginning to work and earn their own living. Go about earning your living: in quietness. This is in contrast to being a busybody. We are to work with a quiet spirit and mind our own business; we are not to poke ourselves in other people's business. We are to be quiet and efficient workers, not inefficient busybodies who are always walking about gabbing about other people and their affairs.

    Step 3 — love them. vs. 15b

    Look upon the person not as an enemy but as an erring brother or sister. The idle person is not to be disciplined as an enemy, but as a brother. The discipline is not to be done in a spirit of some superior, but in the spirit of a fellow believer, admonishing and warning them of what the Lord (Scripture) has to say about the matter. Here is something too many forget: “Do not be weary in well-doing.” Do not let the idlers discourage you, but stick to your job: be diligent and persevere. Do not slack off no matter what others do. Be a dynamic example for the Lord. ‘Let this mind in you be that of Christ!”

Conclusion: Vs. 16-18 “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

The believer receives peace from "the Lord of peace Himself." At all times and in all ways—under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes. The believer receives fellowship, a very special and personal fellowship. This was the reason Paul wrote this letter to the church. He had a special fellowship with them. Let’s not forget the believer also receives grace, undeserved favor and strength of Jesus Christ: “This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God give you grace and peace.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1 (NLT)

“Are you hig-gle-dy-pig-gle-dy!”
If your not - “BE OF GOOD CHEER!”

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