“We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” 2 Thessalonians 3:11
As Paul brings this second letter to the Thessalonian church to a close, he has some words of accusation against some of the people in the church. Somehow he had heard a report that there were some people in the church being idle and disruptive. They appear to be busy, but in reality are just busybodies.
Being idle is just not doing anything. It is just sitting there watching everyone else work. It does nothing good or bad directly to a situation. The challenge with being idle is that often it can lead to doing or saying something that is disruptive or that harms the situation.
There are people in the church who do not help in any type of ministry within the church in any way. They do not participate in ushering, teaching, nursery, choir, clean up, set up, outreaches, or anything else. They just attend the church services.
Yet, these same people have a lot to say about what is going on or happening. They challenge the improvements being made, or the things stopped for lack of success. They challenge changes made in the physical structure of the building or on the grounds. They also know about everyone’s business, and let everyone know. All they want is to be fed and have their own way.
People like this are idle, since they are not helping out, and they are disruptive because they are not allowing those working to keep going forward in the ways being led by God. Paul calls them busybodies.
Busybodies are people who appear to be very active and hard at work, yet, are doing very little to nothing. All they are doing is getting in the way of those who are working for God.
Take a look at your life in your church or community. Which side are you on? Are you hard-working? Or are you getting in the way of others, a busybody?
You will not be able to do everything, but everyone can do something. What are you doing to build God’s kingdom? Inside the church? And outside the church?
I pray today that God will reveal to you work that you can do; that you will not be idle and disruptive; that God will strengthen you to build others up; and that God will help you build His kingdom.