Paul talks to the Thessalonians again in 2nd Thessalonians 3:11 and says, “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.” The definition of that original Greek word “busybody” is, “always working, but doing nothing.” The truth is this! If we do not take care of our own affairs, we will start trying to take care of other people’s affairs. That is dangerous!
Here is what I am getting at: work, service and ministry occupies our time and our tongue with meaningful tasks and meaningful words! Yes, everyone needs some time for pleasure, but all play and no work spells disaster. Gossip is bread out of boredom.
People who are not busy doing meaningful and productive tasks – people who are not busy saying meaningful and productive words -- find themselves looking for something to do like “busywork” -- such as being a “busybody.”