“For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 ESV)
There’s a plaque on my desk that reads: ‘Those who are busy rowing seldom rock the boat’. I bought it after working in an office full of women who stood around the coffee maker bad mouthing others’ work but not actually getting anything done themselves.
That’s pretty common everywhere. They say that twenty percent of the people do eighty percent of the work. Whoever ‘they’ are, (I wonder if ‘they’ are water cooler people or actual workers themselves?) I myself have been guilty of chatting when I should have been working quietly and I’m convicted even as I write this.
When it comes to the body of Christ and the church, the message from Paul to the Thessalonians is pretty clear. We need to have our heads down and focused on the work we've been called to do, and keep our bodies busy . . . not be busybodies!
Lord, forgive us for the many times that we have been idle and lazy in our tasks. Thank You for providing us with skills and abilities to do work both outside and inside the church. Help us to remember that all that we do we do as unto You!