What is a Busybody? 2 Thessalonians 3:11
When Paul says, “We hear,” his use of the present tense implies that this is an ongoing problem that the church needed to address. In his presentation of the problem, he uses three present participles, which further illustrates the problem as being perspicuous.
What the apostles had heard was that certain believers were—
(1) “leading an undisciplined life,”
(2) “doing no work at all,” and
(3) “acting like busybodies.”
The first clause repeats the charge which originated in v. 6.
The next two clauses detail this improper method of living by certain people in the church.
“...not busy working; just busybodies” (CJB)
These people, who should be productive members of the local church, are instead hampering the work of the church as a whole. Doubtless their own assessment of their lives would have been one of rigorous support of and for the work of the church, the assessment of those who were actually doing that work was quite different.
This, then, becomes a watch-point for all believers. Are we putting our noses into places where they do not belong? Are we meddling into the affairs of others where we have neither place nor right to be? Are we helping to advance the work of the gospel, or are we hampering it be actions or our lack of action?