Walk Orderly - Busy About Father’s Business
- Date: August 28, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
In 2 Thessalonians we see there was disharmony coming into the church. Now, remember the church in Thessalonica was under great persecution. These epistles hold more information about the catching away of the church than any other passages. The persecution was so great that some among them in Thessalonica were being told that they had missed the rapture and that they were in the great tribulation. That's how bad stuff was. In that environment, 2 Thessalonians makes this statement (Chapter 3, verses 10-11), he says, "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly…" That's an interesting word in the Greek. "Disorderly" just means to break rank or to be out of step with all that the apostles were setting forth, the apostle's doctrine, the need for them to come together, the love feasts that they participated in, the mutual edification, the death of the spirit of Ananias and Sapphira. Isn't it interesting how early on in the church that that was challenged? People that would come in and say, "I'm all in. I'm one of you," but they were holding back. Why would you lie to the Holy Ghost? We know the story about how Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead. Peter asked the question, "What is wrong with you people? Don't you realize that as long as you had it in your possession you could do whatever you want with it? You don't have to give it all like the rest of us, but you can't say that you did and not do it." But within the community everybody's responsible, and whatever you're assigned or whatever God has put you to do, you do it as unto the Lord and you do it with all of your might. You prefer one another, and you become great by becoming servant of all. This entitlement society is not new.
There are people here, it says, "[that were walking] …disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies." Now, this word, "busybody" is an interesting word and it means to bustle about. That's an interesting phrase in and of itself. In our vernacular today, it really just means to be nosey. Do you just need to know what is going on? You see, not all of us here have that tendency. Some of us are just kind of like, "Really?" Just nosey, just got to have your nose in everybody else's business; you've just got to know what's going on. We have those in our midst. I've seen some of you; I've watched. Others are very aware, but I've seen some that are so out of control you can see it happen. Now that may not, in and of itself seem to be very harmful, but it's very easy to see how, having gathered that information, to then become the slanderer, the talebearer, because it very seldom stays with these people. Now one of the things that he says here that's important is this, "You don't have enough to do." You know, like all these blogging people. Get a life! It's interesting, "In the [abundance] of words there wanteth not sin…" (Proverbs 10:19). "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak…" (James 1:19). If you have trouble with some of these areas, put on Christ. Isn't that the admonition? Yes, these things have got to be put off, but put on Christ. Start by spending more time in prayer. Start by spending more time in the Word of God. Start by looking for people that you can serve and help. Stop thinking you are the one that should be ministered to, because it's that type of a spirit that gives opportunity for this nosiness to take place.
The point is, and we know these old adages, "an idle mind is the devil's workshop." Idleness is not the greatest gift we can give our families. Let's be busy about the Master's business. Let's be busy with soul-winning. Why don't we get into the heavenlies and wrestle principalities and powers to see the miracles we are praying for. The eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro across the earth. He's looking for someone who is willing to step up and say, "Here am I, Lord, send me." He will show Himself mighty on behalf of our obedience and our hungering and our thirsting for righteousness.