Seems to me that Apostle Paul is challenging the church in Thessalonica to not rest on their laurels but to take their faith and do something with it.
Sometimes we have those same challenges in the church and our lives today. It is easy to be a Christian in the “God-box” on Sunday morning. Or among people from the church that we know well and feel comfortable around. But then we hear Paul ask us, “What about the rest of the week?”
What I hear Paul saying in this reading is this: How does our faith guide us in our everyday living outside the church? How does our faith guide us in the small ways of life as we interact with friends and family, with other people different from ourselves? How does it guide us as we care for the creation in different ways, and so on.
Living a life in faith means to not be weary of doing the right thing, even when it goes against the norms of the society in which we live, even when it is so much easier to just sit back and do nothing.
How do you actively engage your faith in your life journey outside the church?
Lord God, show me today how I can let my faith shine in the lives of others. Amen. — JKU