Gossip

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

You’re a busy body
Giving all your lovin’ to just anybody
A busy body
Holding, kissing, loving, hugging any body
-Luther Vandross 1983

Susanna Centlivre wrote a successful play, The Busie Body, which was first performed in 1709 and has been revived repeatedly since. It is a farce in which Marplot interferes in the romantic affairs of his friends and, despite being well-meaning, frustrates them. The characterisation of Marplot as a busybody whose “chief pleasure is knowing everybody’s business”

When I was growing up if the older people caught you sitting around listening to their conversation they would tell you, “get you some business!” What they meant was find something productive to do besides getting into the affairs of other people. When you have work to do you don’t have time to worry about what other people are doing.

The same principle applies to relationships. Luther Vandross talked about a woman that he could never develop any meaningful relationship with because she was to busy giving body to anybody. I’m sure God feels the same way about us. He can’t establish anything deep with us because we are busybodies. We run a mile wide but an inch deep. There’s no depth to our character because we are just busy bodies.

How do we avoid being busy bodies!

1. Stop being idle. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We get into trouble when we are bored. When we put our minds on being productive we better our chances of creating something that gives God Glory and makes us better people.

2.  Wasting your time in gossiping. Some people spend so much time worrying about what other people are doing that they never get anything done. Jesus talked about this when he said, ” you are worried about the speck in your brothers eye when you have a telephone pole in your eye!” Sweep around your own front door before yo try to sweep around mine!

3. Quiet down–it’s better to remain quiet and be thought wise rather than opening your mouth and remove all doubt. Still water runs deep.  Some people are afraid of quiet because they are afraid they will hear the empty rattle of a life unfulfilled.

4.  Get to work. Procrastination is nothing more than avoiding the fear of being successful. Ecclesiastes 11:4 If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.

5.  Earn your own living. Nobody is going to give you anything. You have to earn it. Nobody owes you anything. You have to earn it!

Dear God,
One day I want to hear you say, “well done!” But in the meantime I need to avoid “hearsay.” I can never hear you say if I’m too caught up on “Hearsay!” Free me up from living an idle life and help me to go deeper by living a productive life.

In Jesus Name,
Amen