The dishwasher’s not been done again. That cat litter smells bad. The washing hasn’t been folded. “Whose day is it?” calls dad, the family roster clearly displayed on the fridge for all to see.
Paul presents quite a list of expectation for the household of God in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28.
- acknowledge those who work hard among you…
- live in peace
- warn those who are idle and disruptive
- encourage the disheartened
- help the weak
- be patient
- no paybacks
- do good
- rejoice always (yes, always!)
- pray continually (its an attitude thing)
- give thanks
- don’t quench the Spirit
- test prophecies
- hang on to good
- reject evil
Ok, so whose day is it? Who’s rostered on to number three this week? Any takers?
Paul has told us who’s on the roster in v12: “Brothers and sisters…”
It’s everyone’s day, everyday to do everything on this list. It is not solely the responsibility of the employed staff of the church. It is not solely the responsibility of the older and more mature Christians. It is the responsibility… no, the joy of every person who belongs to the household of God. These are not chores, these are a wonderful part of being in the household of God, they are a blessing to the giver and the receiver.
I’m going to work on developing number 10 this week. How about you?