2 Thessalonians 3. The pursuit of self-interest is one that is greatly stressed in modern society, but it is a stress that stands at odds with Paul’s teachings, which has at its core an insistence that we ought to consciously work for others. The much-repeated biblical teaching of care for the poor and vulnerable demands such a theology – for how can we do that if we, though able, are unwilling to work to have the means to care for others. It requires that we live such that our human tendency to self-centredness is undone by our love for our saviour and a desire to honour him and do his will. Hebrews 13:5 tells us that the Lord never leaves us or forsakes us and Isaiah 40:31 says that those who wait upon the Lord will soar as an eagle. So, the question remains, are you living up to your calling in God? Don’t settle for scraps from the garbage; be what God has called you to be.