Bible Devotions

Busybodies

on February 24, 2011

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 NKJV

Have you ever watched the t.v. program called “Survivor”?  They take 16 people and put them on a deserted island for 39 days to see who will endure all 39 days without being voted off or going crazy in the process.

 

When I read today’s scripture verse, it reminded me of an episode where one young man and two young women were not pulling their own weight around camp.  They had no problem eating the food other’s had gathered or caught.  They did not help with any of the real work, like searching for wood, carrying water to camp, fishing, or gathering coconuts. All they did was sit in the little hut, snuggle together and gossip about the rest of the players on the island.

Have you ever known someone who was like that?  They are always eager to criticize, never willing to help anyone and always thinking about themselves.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t especially like being around people like that.

Do you ever feel like that?

However, Matthew 22:39 NKJV tells us to “Love your neighbor as yourself” so my attitude toward people like those described above is anything but loving. Colossians 3:23 NKJV tells us to do everything as if we’re doing to or for the Lord.  That’s great advice.  When we apply this advice, we are more willing to do anything for the Lord, even scrubbing floors, doing laundry, paying bills, going to work, or being loving towards others you don’t feel like loving.

 

Are you a busybody, unwilling to work?  Are you criticizing others for their lack of work?  Ask Jesus to help change your attitude toward others and focus on your own walk with the Lord.

 

Father, forgive us for having the wrong attitude towards people.  Help us love them as you love us.  Teach us to “work in quietness and eat our own bread”. Enable us to being willing to do all things as if they are for You. In Jesus’name Amen.

 

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4 responses to “Busybodies

  1. theepiphany says:

    *hand raised* I am guilty. I have high expectations of myself – which I strive to follow-through with but I am terrible about placing the same expectations of kingdom work on others. It’s difficult to look past others’ outer actions and accomplishments and simply love them while keeping your duty-filled agenda to yourself. I may do a great job of keeping my tabulations to myself but I am a mental busybody – constantly consumed with thoughts of what more could be done and why so-and-so is failing to participate. It’s a vicious cycle.

  2. Aaron says:

    What a ministry you have to write a daily devotional. I have been really feeling the conviction to do something, anything, to take Jesus to the marketplace. As 2006 comes to a close, I have identified several places that I need to work on in that department. Thanks for taking the time to do this each day.

  3. theepiphany – thanks for being honest, that’s a sign of humility. Keep on the path!

    Aaron – Thank you for your kind words. You know what strikes me from your comment? You said “I have been feeling the conviction to do something, anything to take Jesus to the marketplace.” That’s supreb! I love how God’s Word causes action. Thanks for sharing. Oh, by the way – just by living a faithful life to Christ, you ARE taking Jesus to the marketplace. You’d be amazed at your real influence on others, if God showed you!

    Take Care and thanks for visiting ThinkOnIt Devotions!!

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