Where is the Flavor?

“But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet live, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:10b,11).
South Asia is notorious for its hot curry. A Bangladeshi friend says, “no chili, no taste.” Without lots of fiery pepper the food is considered “sweet” (i.e., bland and without flavor) and is not enjoyed. This is also the attitude of many towards life. Without the spice of “adventure,” life is dull, lacking pleasure and excitement. They seek trouble, danger, fast-paced entertainment, or the stimulation of drugs.
These things do not honor God, they do not help societies, and they do not enrich one’s own life. They are a deceitful illusion, good only for leading us to destruction. The Bible exhorts us rather to seek a quiet life, minding our own business and doing what is good and profitable. It is this which leads to ultimate enjoyment and satisfaction. Paul teaches us to pray, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2,3).
The truth is that every life contains enough trouble to fulfill anyone’s appetite. Between concerns for the necessities of life, the multitude of temptations we face, opposition and persecution from wicked men, and the threats of accident, violence, and disease, there is plenty of “spice” for everyone. Jesus taught, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). Though this verse is really about unnecessary concerns, it emphasizes our point ?- there is “adventure” enough and to spare in the ordinary business of life. We don’t need to search for more.
It is far better and more productive to spend our time and energies simply doing good. “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work” (Titus 3:1). Nothing is more characteristic of the true Christian than good deeds. Jesus came as a servant to the needy; his followers are commanded to do the same (John 13:14,15). There is great satisfaction and reward in helping others. No one whose life is spent in doing good is bored, dissatisfied, or lacks pleasure. God’s rewards are great and certain.

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