Everyone is busy, but not everyone is busy doing the work God has given them to do. When Paul wrote to the brothers and sisters in Thessalonica he had evidently been told that some of the brothers and sisters in the church were “busybodies.” The word Paul uses for “busybodies,” “?????????????” (periergazomai), is very descriptive. It means, “to bustle about uselessly, be preoccupied with trifling matters, or to be a meddler.” There were folks in the church who were wasting time with trifling matters, sticking their noses in other people’s business, and giving themselves to matters that were useless and empty. The descendants of the busybodies in the church at Thessalonica are still with us today. Truth is we don’t have to be taught to be busybodies…it’s part of our DNA.
Paul has a word of encouragement for the brothers and sisters at Thessalonica and for us. He says, “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13 NIVO) I don’t know anyone who is not busy, but the real question is, “what is filling our time?” Are we doing what is “right,” doing what God has given us to do each day or are we filling our time with empty pursuits, worthless time killers, and sticking our noses in other people’s business? We are never to “tire,” to become weary, with being about our Father’s business.