2 Thessalonians 3:11&12
Indeed, we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined and inappropriate life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies [meddling in other people’s business]. Now such people we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work quietly and earn their own food and other necessities.
In our scriptural focus, Paul is addressing the work ethics of some members of the Thessalonian church. To be precise, he was addressing the busybodies in the church. These individuals, though they had jobs to do, choose to neglect it. Thy would rather meddle in others business. They went about interfering in something that was not their concern and involving themselves in various matters without invitation. They were not getting their jobs done, and they certainly were not letting others get their jobs done.
O how common it is to find such individuals in this era. They are consistently trying to offer unsolicited help. They are ceaselessly offering solutions to others, but never have answers to their problems. They always seem to have an idea on how to perform a task assigned to others. However, all their suggestions disappear once they are assigned the job. They want to know what is happening in other departments, companies, countries, etc. They have an opinion on everything.
While we cannot eliminate busybodies from the world, the scripture admonishes that we do not imbibe this cancerous work culture. We are to settle down (be focused) on our jobs and do our work quietly. It is common to see people neglect their duty because they feel the higher-ranking officials do not use their work. A secretary, for example, may suspect his reports are not read, and so does not give his best to the task. Such a secretary may see this as being smart. However, he is just a busybody. What is his business with what happens to the report? His job is to prepare the report. Except he has authority to oversee the use of the submitted documents, what happens to them is none of his business. His assignment is to
prepare an excellent report.
We must focus on getting our jobs done irrespective of others actions or inactions. Even if it seems we were assigned an insignificant (or unneeded/unnecessary) task, we must give our best in doing it. Rather than aimlessly scatter our resources (time, energy, skills, thoughts, ideas, etc.) in places they are not needed, we channel these resources towards accomplishing our tasks. Rather than wasting time (be it minutes, seconds, or hours) discussing things of no value to us, we invest the time in communing with the wisdom inside us for the manifestation of the supernatural.
Keep your focus on your assigned task and work quietly!!
Matthew 6: 22 & 23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
1 Timothy 5: 13 … idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.