Summary: To show that even our ambition must be Word-based.
What is your ambition in life?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that even our ambition must be Word-based.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (Amplified Bible)
To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you,
Our ambition must be Word-based.
My 3 fold ambition
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 49 to 54 B.C. but uncertain
C. Purpose: to comfort believers and encourage them to a life of purity
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church
E. Main themes: Most personal of all of Paul's epistles
F. Keyword: Sanctification
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
G. Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,
So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.
Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. To lead a quiet life
"To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully"
Ecclesiastes 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full with painful effort, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding on it.
Proverbs 17:1 (Amplified Bible)
BETTER IS a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.
1 Timothy 2:2 (Amplified Bible)
For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
1 Peter 3:4 (Amplified Bible)
But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.
Make it our ambition to live a peaceful and quiet life, a rich, wealthy life is good but make sure it's one that is quiet not a loud life.
B. To mind my own business
"to mind your own affairs,"
Proverbs 6:6 (Amplified Bible)
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!—
Proverbs 10:5 (Amplified Bible)
He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Proverbs 12:11 (Amplified Bible)
He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.
Proverbs 13:11 (Amplified Bible)
Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].
Qualified work for us gathering it little by little not quick rich schemes.
C. To work with my own hands
"and to work with your hands,"
Genesis 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.
Proverbs 14:23 (Amplified Bible)
In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (Amplified Bible)
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the place of the dead), where you are going.
Ephesians 4:28 (Amplified Bible)
Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.
2 Thessalonians 3:12 (Amplified Bible)