2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 3:11
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
This is Apostle Paul’s second letter to the church of the Thessalonians. In the first letter, he warned about idleness, see 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. He urged them to mind their own business and work with their own hands. Reports that came back after the first letter was delivered suggested that many were still idle and consequently disorderly, or disruptive, or indisciplined. Therefore it became necessary for Paul to once again and in a clearer way warn against being idle and the idle people. It seems innocent and harmless but beware!
Those who are idle have time. They have time to sweat the small stuff. They have time to analyze what certain actions and words meant. They have time to argue and quarrel. They have time to brood over small issues. Issues that could easily be left to pass are given unnecessary attention. Where people are idle, small quarrels will never cease. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
The idle has time for conspiracy theories. The idle imagine what would least be imagined. The idle has time for strange teachings. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
The idle have time to study other people’s lives. The idle have time to study every social media post and what is its hidden meaning. The idle have time for gossip and rumor-mongering. The idle has time to spread hate. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
Idle children will trouble their parents. Idle children will always be on the internet doing nothing constructive. Idle children will always be out of home learning bad behavior from others. Idleness is the basis of spoilt children. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
A community with idle people has rampant crime. The suspects and criminals are always idle. A community with idle people has continuous tension and endless issues amongst them since the idle will keep the unnecessary issues going. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
The idle will visit offices and take too much time over nothing but gossip and unnecessary issues. The idle will visit homes and waste time for its members. The idle will keep meetings longer than necessary because of their misleading contributions. The idle will occupy a business premise and interrupt business as they pass time. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
The Bible advises that we should keep away from idle people. They will easily dear us into situations we least expected or wanted to be part of. They will infect us with laziness. They will poison our minds with the conclusions of their idleness, be it strange teachings, conspiracy theories, gossip, hate, etc. The Bible says we should completely avoid them for the danger they pause is greater than it seems. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
Idleness could be all-rounded or sectional. You may be busy academically but idle spiritually. You may be busy spiritually but idle in income generation. You may be busy socially but idle elsewhere. All rounded idleness is a problem and sectional idleness is equally problematic. You could be busy the whole day but idle in the evening. You could be busy the whole week but idle on weekend. Idleness is the danger zone that eventually harms us. All our time must be planned for. Even time for pleasure and relaxation must be regulated and planned to avoid temptations. Idleness seems innocent and harmless but beware!
May God save us from the idle and idleness. Keep us occupied dear God. Give us the wisdom to focus on the relevant and necessary. Give us visions and dreams that we can translate to reality and meaningfully use our time. Save us from idleness, in Jesus’ name, Amen!