Busybodies in Christ
When I was a kid we had a neighbor who was a busybody. Our family was a prime target for his attention. Friends and family dropping by, kids running and playing in our big backyard, people in our driveway asking my dad to fix their car, constant renovations to the house. Our neighbor was retired, did not have any children and I suppose he thought our family was entertaining. He would wander over to his garden and pretend to trim the roses. Part way through trimming he would lean over the fence and ask us kids, “What’s going on today?”
I didn’t understand the term “busybody.” I thought it meant someone who was very busy. Hard-working. Later I found out busybody meant sticking your nose in other people’s business. I was taught this was a bad thing and leads to nothing but trouble. “Mind your own business” was something I often heard at home.
We are busybodies in Christ.
How? In 2 very different ways:
1. We are busybodies in Christ and most of us are blind to it. A lot is going on inside us but we don’t realize it.
We have Jesus Christ in our hearts, Holy Spirit inside and God in and all around us. Non-stop action round the clock. After we get saved, God flips the switch and our spirits never get a moment’s rest. We explode in the Trinity and it’s go, go, go 24/7.
When I first got saved I could not believe all this incredible activity going on. How do our spirits handle all this busyness? Why aren’t we constantly knocked to the ground, crawling around on our hands and knees, crazed with laughter, joy and ecstasy, constantly caught up in heavenly realms. Why are we so “unfeeling” toward all this spiritual activity within us? Why is it so quiet all the time? We are blessed by so much activity but most of us struggle to see, hear, feel, taste, touch or sense any of God’s goodness and glory in our daily life.
2. As believers it is our duty to stick our nose into other people’s business.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
After I got saved I started coming to church (a first for me). Everyone was friendly, open and accepting. I was new and started conversations by asking, “How’s it going?” They would reply, “Oh, pretty good” and then tell me some interesting or pleasant news. When I was at church for a while and people started to recognize (and trust) me, the conversation shifted. As usual I asked how they were doing but I noticed a dramatic change in their replies.
Life was no longer “pretty good.” In fact, life was rough. Full of pain, disappointment, frustration, and sadness. A few times, both women and men, began to tear up when they told me what was going on in their lives. It took me a while to realize that many, if not most, believers are broken people. This is why they come to church. To ask Jesus to heal their brokenness, forgive their sins, give them peace and hope, and bring restoration to their lives.
As members of the body it is our job – no, our duty – in Christ to love, support, encourage, give comfort and hope, offer advice and assistance and pray to God for others who are broken, lonely, depressed, saddened…whose lives are not going as they had hoped or planned. We cannot sit back, listen to sermons and go home without reaching out to others – not only within church walls but out in the world – and “be as Christ” in other’s lives. Our sister’s and brother’s business is our business. Jesus Christ Himself would not have it any other way.
We are busybodies in Christ. As we are spiritually busy within so we must also be physically busy out in the world. As followers of Christ we must reflect all this spiritual activity going on inside and make the world sit up and take notice. In church, at work, in our homes, in school, at the shopping malls…anywhere we go and touch lives. We are living, breathing busybodies in Christ, never at rest, always seeking to radically change lives, neighborhoods, communities, nations and the world. Busybodies in Christ, 24/7.As followers of Christ it is our duty to be busybodies in Christ Click To Tweet
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