1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Paul is talking about not being a loud-mouthed, boisterous version of “salesman” or “office jester” or “gossip monger” in our interface with the pagan world, at work (“work hard with your hands”) and elsewhere. We choose the kind of work we are engaged in, as well as how we carry ourselves IN that endeavor, based on the Royal Calling that we hold as all-consuming for our brief stay here in this Realm.
But, there is another application as well. “Political activism” on “social issues,” politics, zoning, opinions about news items (being busy-bodies and pushy about such “civilian affairs” we’re “not to be involved in, if we wish to please OUR Commander”) these would also qualify as not leading “quiet lives” and “minding our own business.” We weigh carefully what we “put our hand to” and “open our mouth for.” We are wise and cautious about “civilian affairs” for the sake of the Lamb. SO “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, mind your own business, and work hard with your hands” so as not to be subservient to pagans, or to diminish the Testimony of the Risen Christ.
MANY people have lived during the days of Babylon’s fall, Rome’s fall, Alexander and Napoleon’s deaths, Egypt’s bondage, and many other crises. Foreigners and Aliens MUST not “get involved in civilian affairs” if we want to be buried deep into the heart and mind and purposes of God, “in such a time as this.”