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Mind Your Own Business

There’s an old country song that goes, “if you mind your own business, then you won’t be minding mine.”

I wonder if that wasn’t a little bit of what Jesus was telling Peter in John 21.

John’s gospel is just about complete.  Jesus tells Peter that he will die in service to Him.  Peter asks about John.  Jesus’ answer in fantastic.

“If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?  You follow me.”

Get that?

Don’t worry about John, Peter.  You worry about following me.

We would do well to follow this word from Jesus.

You don’t like the song someone sings in church?  Don’t worry about it.  Follow Jesus.

You don’t like someone who raises their hands in church?  Don’t worry about it.  Follow Jesus.

Someone is wearing something you wouldn’t wear?  Don’t worry about it.  Follow Jesus.

What Jesus seems to be saying to Peter is that Peter is responsible for following Jesus on his own.  He is not responsible for John’s following of Jesus.  Or others.  Sure, he is to feed, tend and shepherd the sheep.  But he is not responsible for their reaction to Jesus.

Only his own.

Basically, Jesus is telling to mind his own business.  That’s a job in itself.

I know it is for me.

Let’s mind our own business.*

Have you ever had any trouble minding your own business?

 

*I know there is a fine line when it comes to minding your own business and confronting things like heresy.

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  1. robshep
    September 25, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Yes. It’s got me in trouble.

  2. September 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I tend to “open mouth insert foot” way too often. However, I did catch your * at the end and do believe that exposing heresy is more than minding my own business, especially when someone asks. When they don’t ask, if I am preaching on a passage and it calls for a quick expose’ then I feel as though I should. your thoughts?

    • September 25, 2012 at 7:16 am

      I’m talking primarily about personal, non-essential matters. When it comes to downright heresy, I think we have to speak. I don’t think ignoring it is the path we should take.

  3. September 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love it, Larry. I agree with your end disclaimer, and confrontation is necessary- but looking for silly things to confront in others instead of one’s own mess is pretty silly. I love how Jesus handles it in this passage.

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