2 Thessalonians 3:7-11 KJV
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
The word disorderly is a military term that means, "out of rank". It isn't necessarily unlawful, but may mean something as simple as
- Not being in your place
- Not fulfilling your duties
I am reminded of the ancient Greek Hoplite soldier. He was not a professional but a member of the community. When called upon he would armor up and take his place in the battle line. The Hoplite battle strategy reminds me of Ephesians 2 where each member is fitly framed together.
- His fellow soldiers depended in him being in place
- His family and town depended on him taking his place
Disorderly would be the opposite of virtuous.
The Christian life is that of a spiritual soldier. Each one of us has a place. We don't write the rules neither do we change them. Our task is to do them.
The most honorable thing a Christian can be is in his place.