278 WHAT’S THAT TO YOU?
John 21:22Jesus saith unto him, If I
will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
God made us to be
a community. Interconnected with each other and caring for each other. Other’s
health and mental wellbeing should be very high on our list of OUR concerns.
This includes not running them down behind their back or using them as the bad
examples in our imagery.
This also means
that we are to stay out of their business when it does not concern us.
As much as we try
to hide our affairs and business from everyone else, we go to great lengths to
know about everyone else’s business. And more so if we can find some juicy
little dirty gossip about them.
The first is a
lack of trust in human nature, which we are trying to protect ourselves from.
The second is a matter of pride in that we think ourselves better than they are
when we find that little bit of dirt. Unfortunately, that dirt doesn’t even
have to be real as long as we believe it and can find someone to tell it to.
should change when we accept Jesus as our master. His favour is what we are
trying to obtain and pleasing Him should become our highest activity.
As Peter showed
in these scriptures, we are still nosy even when we are talking to Jesus. We
even come up with excuses to make ourselves believe that we are doing it for
the good of others; ‘so we can ‘pray’ for them’ or ‘so we will know how to help
them’ we tell ourselves as we spread our gossip.
Jesus cut Peter
short when he asked about John. His response was short and blunt; “what is that
to thee?” In other words “What do you care? That’s none of your business
because you have more important things to do. YOU are to follow ME.”
Jesus wants us to
have a personal relationship with HIM.
He is our master,
He is our written word, He is our standard and it is against Him that we will
be compared to at judgment time.
67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the
people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed
all judgment unto the Son:
14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost
thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat
4:17 For the time is come that judgment must
begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what
shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
You see, we are
all heading to God’s judgment. We are not going to be judged according to each
others thoughts and ideas or even against each other’s righteousness and
wickedness. We are going to be judged by Jesus against His word.
The very bible
that you are reading and are doubtful about is the same word that will be held
up against you at the White Throne judgment.
Your being better
than or worse than the person you are condemning by your words will not be
there when you are judged. You will be alone facing God’s word and will have to
give an account of your obedience or disobedience.
from being a busybody in other’s affairs and lives and concentrate more on
obeying Jesus and following His word. Jesus mercy at your willingness to obey
Him and desire to follow His word will bring you His mercy at the judgment seat
You see, Jesus,
our master, will be standing on God’s right hand at the judgment and will have
a say on our behave; if we are faithful to Him.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather,
that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us.
When Peter asked Jesus about
John and Jesus told him that it was none of his business, Jesus used the
incident to teach Peter to concentrate on his own obedience and to leave John’s
walk with God alone. We would do well to listen to that advice and leave
other’s walk with God alone and concentrate on OUR walk with our Lord.
We are the temple
that Jesus is building for our God. We are the dwelling place for God’s Holy
Spirit. We are going to be the delight of God and His faithful friends.
Why would we
waste our time condemning other’s actions and words when our own are in need of
much attention? As with Peter, Jesus wants us to know the right way of it and
He wants to help us get it right. It’s not that hard but we will miss it if we
let ourselves be distracted by the lives and affairs of others.
Jesus will guide
their lives and actions but He wants you to watch and obey HIM.
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