“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (KJV)
One of the reasons for Paul’s writing this letter was to deal with the teaching and thoughts that were going on among some of the Christians at Thessalonica that was leading them to quit their jobs, depending on others for their support; selling their homes, and then going to a “Mountain top” somewhere to wait for the coming of Jesus Christ. Yeah. That is nothing new. It happened then too.
The Christians there loved one another. However, they were to do their own work, their own business so as to not be dependent upon one another materially. It seems to me that Paul is telling them and us, that it is a lack of love to do what some of them were doing.
How are we to live today? Those of us who believe that the rapture [catching away] of the Church is imminent are to be busy doing our work, laboring with our hands, earning our wages, being a living witness for Jesus in or deeds, and acts, until Jesus comes.
Anything less is an act of defiance against God, His Word and against others.
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
And that is addressed to those eagerly awaiting the coming of the Lord. It was said, “Occupy til I come”. Be doing the life, living, working, and watching.