Luke #27 – Mind HIS Business!
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I have found that the four favorite subjects of most church folk are the biggest cause of problems in the church today. The first subject is nothing. Church folk spend more time talking about nothing than any other group of folks I have ever met. My pastor calls it “church chit-chat”. That is the kind of talk that people use to avoid revealing anything about themselves or avoid opening up to one another.
The second kind is worldly talk. That’s the kind of conversation that is consumed with temporal junk. Not to say a church people cannot talk about music, books, or whatever…I am simply saying that we spend too much time talking about things that won’t last. Of course, one of my favorite sayings is “whatever is in the well will come up in the bucket.”
The third kind is whining. It is MY OBSERVATION that church folk complain more than anyone I have ever known. That catches me as strange. For a people that claim that all of eternity has been handed to them and that Jesus means so much it seems strange that we have a lot to complain about.
The fourth kind is gossip. This kills me! Folk need to learn to mind their own business! Folk need to learn to speak the truth in love. More damage is done to unity in a body of church people by gossip than any other thing. Gossip is cowardly and useless. If you have something to say about somebody be sure you have had the courage to say it to them first.
There are several other subjects that I will leave off of this list, but these are the most notable. Now I believe in straight talk and I want us to receive some healing from this devotion. There is a pair of things that will cure all of this and they go hand-in-hand. They are personal holiness and Kingdom focus.
We get an example of this in Jesus today. Today’s Scripture is the famous account of the twelve year old Jesus interacting with the religious teachers in the temple. Jesus was concentrating on God’s will and it caused two things that I want to point out.
Jesus was so concentrated on God’s will and God’s business that He had no time to get caught up in anything else. Age differences didn’t matter to Jesus. He sat with His elders talking about the things of God. Suddenly it did not matter who was older and who was younger. Cultural differences didn’t make a difference to Jesus as He concentrated on God’s business. He was from
Jesus was misunderstood because of this. His mother and Joseph did not understand what Jesus was doing, but He didn’t care. He was about His Father’s business. Do you want to get released from caring about what others think of you? Concentrate on God’s business more than your own image and you won’t care what others think of you. You will care more about what God thinks. Sure, if we do that we will be misunderstood but who cares?
I said in the beginning that “church folk” have some subjects that really goof some things up. I said that because not all “church folk” are Jesus’ folks. Christian folk aren’t perfect by any means, but we should not be defined by trifling talk; we should be defined by our likeness to Christ. His main goal and focus was God’s will. Can the same be said of us today? If we truly begin to focus primarily on the things of God it will cure gossip, worldliness, complaining, and conversations and activities that amount to nothing. Jesus did not care what people thought of Him because His image was not His primary concern, glorifying God was. Whose image are you concentrating on today; yours or God’s? How different would our lives be if we only got offended when God was offended? With love, I beg all with ears to hear to MIND HIS BUSINESS! It will do wonders for the Kingdom, your congregation and your own life.