May 28, 2021
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:11
As Paul concludes this second letter to the Thessalonians, he addresses the wayward outcome of idleness (laziness): too much idle time leads to meddling in the affairs of others. Those who conduct themselves in this manner burden the body of Christ by adding to the labor of others and by stirring up strife among believers. Paul further directs the church to give wide berth to this sort of person, treating them not as the enemy but as a brother or sister who needs to make a course correction. Social distancing according to Paul will bring shame on idle busybodies and hopefully lead them to repentance. Our part is to confront with humility and gentle correction and then faithfully intercede on their behalf in prayer. And we, ourselves, must not grow weary in doing good (verse 13).
Father God, grant us your grace to pull our weight and not be an unnecessary burden to others. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling