When I hear the phrase "couch potato" I picture a a guy spread out on a couch with the TV remote control in one hand and a bag of chips in the other who won't get up unless he absolutely has to. Unfortunately, some people live their lives like couch potatoes. Paul, however, says that kind of lifestyle has no place in the body of Christ. He exhorted the Thessalonians in chapter 3 to work and provide for themselves rather than mooching off from others. He challenged them to break the soap opera syndrome of busying themselves with the affairs of others and get a life for themselves. He starts the chapter asking for payer for himself and his team that "the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified." No, Paul was never idle even when he was imprisoned. There was always someone to whom he could witness, someone who needed an encouraging letter, someone whom he could touch for Christ. Let's don't "grow weary in doing good" (v13) . It's time to drop the chips, put down the remote, and run the race of active service for Christ.
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