Make It Your Ambition To Lead A Quiet Life

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.” -1 Thessalonians 4:11

Is there anyone who believes this verse or follows it’s advice? While the world is literally screaming at us from every direction, and the internet is all about being noticed, loud and outrageous, we’re told to “lead a quiet life”. We’re not told to go online and rant and make a spectacle of ourselves. We’re not told to seek the spotlight and be the center of attention.

I always find it interesting how Jesus could have gone on and on about the stuff He saw going on around Him, but didn’t. Why don’t we see Him talking all about the corrupt government of the time? He certainly had reason to complain? Why didn’t He? Every sin known to man was on display from king to pauper. Why wasn’t He in a rage about it? The bible could have been a diary recording every little detail of what He saw and hated. But it’s not. Why not?

I think it’s because He lived in and for eternity. Jesus saw something beyond; something that we so often fail to see- Jesus lived in and for the eternal.

The Apostle Paul laid it out to Timothy in this way…

“Evil men and imposters go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you learned them.…” – 2 Timothy 3:13

The world is what it is and people are what they are, and furthermore, it’s all passing away. Think about how many times the bible tells us that this present world is passing away!

The point is, why get embroiled and bent out of shape over what will soon be gone? This is the truth that allows for quiet confidence in a world that is shouting. We’re told to just mind our own business, do our work, and not get wrapped up in the turmoil that is “the world”.

Finally, Jesus was also not out there trying to be “famous”. If you read through the gospels He often left the crowds to be in a “quiet place”.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:16

Jesus wasn’t clamoring for attention. He wasn’t out there trying to get “likes” or “followers” at any cost. He knew His place in this world and why He was here. Jesus knew who He belonged to and where He’d be going after He left this planet. All of that allowed Him not to get swept up in the swirl of current events that would be here today and gone tomorrow.

It’s a great way to live, and a much more peaceful place to be than getting caught up in the world’s never ending storm and quest for importance.