“And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” – 1 Timothy 5:13
How idle are you? How much time in a day do you waste being nosy, digging into other people’s business, talking about it, and saying or thinking things that are not productive or edifying to your soul?
We don’t do those things right? I mean, after all the following verses say that those who do these things are following after Satan! Well if we look at it in today’s light we might find it a bit more convicting then we’d like too.
If you are one who goes from person to person, or house to house wasting time, energy, and productivity, being nosy, gossiping, complaining on people, and saying things that have no business being said instead of praying, studying the Word, helping people, working for God, and being productive for the good of others, then shame on you! Repent and stop that mess!
However, for the rest of us who don’t see ourselves as guilty of the above mentioned things, I implore you to inspect your day for wasted time and examine the source of your idleness. You see in today’s world we don’t have to physically go house to house to be guilty of this, we can do it electronically! If we look at this verse honestly we have to acknowledge that everything from tv, to texting, to social media falls into this context. They cause us to be idle, wasting time that could be used being productive for our families and the kingdom of God. Not only are they time wasters but they cause us to be tattlers and busybodies. I mean think about it, what are these things primarily used for? Being nosy! Busybodies digging into other people’s lives and talking about it! They surely cause us to talk about things that we have no business talking about and to say things we ought not say in either private or public. Worse of all this, is that the idleness steals our time away from more important things, like building a deeply connected, meaningful, personal, and loving relationship with God and those of our own household. It causes us to stop following God and waste time following after Satan’s distractions. So in light of this new view on idleness, let us reexamine our day and search out anytime and energy that can be taken back from Satan and given to God for more productive uses. Read that passage again and truly try your heart and conscience about what most of our time on social media, the phone, and tv really is.
“And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan.” – 1 Timothy 5:13-15
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17