“Busy-Body” is a phrase with a negative connotation that describes someone who is nosy, meddling, and very interested in what other people are involved with. Often these are the folks who have many tasks on the “to-do” list, they offer unsolicited advice and are known for trying to help in scenarios whether they are welcomed or not.
This time of year seems to bring out more of these to-do list types of nosy people. The Christmas Busy-Body. People who want to counsel on grief during the holidays, or offer financial inputs on how much you may be spending on gifts…or worse, someone who just wants to know your business for no apparent reason.
Think of the busiest of all the busy “busy-bodies” in your circle. It could be someone in your family, someone at work, or even someone with whom you volunteer at church. Maybe you are so lucky, you’ve only run into a busybody in a novel or on tv. Consider just how much work that person does, how crazy full their calendar is, or just how much they strive to accomplish.
It’s exhausting to think of just how busy these people are.
And yet, Satan is even busier. He’s a true busybody.
He’s so quick to whisper lies in our ears. He’s crafty at preventing people from seeking the Truth of Christ’s gift of salvation. He gets people to subscribe to our progressive and permissive culture…both in and out of the church. John 8:4 reminds us that Satan is “a liar and the father of lies.”
As believers, we know with our hearts that this particular busybody doesn’t get to win. Jesus came to destroy him while providing us a hope that can only come through knowing Christ. 1 John 3:8 states, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” Once we become believers, Satan does not have a claim over us…unless we become willing to listen to the lies, he tells us. Thus, the work of the devil becomes null and void with the victory of Christ’s crucifixion.
There is even more hope in knowing there will be the ultimate victory for Jesus’ followers. Romans 16:20 promises us that victory. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under our feet.”
In the next week, I’d like to encourage you to pray about where Satan’s lies have come into your life. Know that Jesus has disarmed the devil. Believe that Jesus’ victory destroys the devil’s work in fear, lust, pride, hatred…and any other negative work he dapples with.
We don’t need to have any more thoughts spent on the “captain of the busy-body club.”