The Bible instructs believers of Jesus Christ that when another believer walks disorderly, eating without working, not obeying the word, then one must have no company with this person so that he/she may be ashamed, but this must be done in brotherly admonition and not as an enemy (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). So if disobedience brings separation (no company) and shame, then obedience must bring camaraderie and credence. Camaraderie is a spirit of good friendship and fellowship, synonymous with brotherhood. Credence is synonymous with trust or acceptance; an acknowledgment of one’s worthiness of belief.
Point(s) to ponder:
The questions that remains are
1. Would God and his people consider you/me to be a comrade?
2. Would they consider you/me to be worthy of belief, trustworthy and accepted?.
In other words, are we in obedience to the word of God, working for His kingdom so that we can eat?
Jesus said, his meat (food) was to do the will of God the Father, who sent Him and to finish His work (John 4:34).
What is yours and mine?
Let us not be busybodies, whose reward is not camaraderie or credence, but separation and shame!
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (KJV)
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.