Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

Mind Your Own Business

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

17th June 2012

One of the greatest challenges in life is distraction.

Like Martha, it’s easy to find ourselves focusing on an issue that really isn’t important.

One such issue is being sidetracked by feeling envious because another Christian’s lot seems easier than ours:

  • Maybe they are married and you are single
  • Maybe they have a job and you are unemployed
  • Maybe they are well and you have numerous health problems

Why is that? Why can’t my circumstances change?

Peter went through a situation like this when Jesus said to him,

‘Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”’ (John 21:18-19)

I can’t imagine how devastating it must have been for him to know the details of his own death to come.

One of the negative results of his hearing the news of impending martyrdom was a sense of indignation about the unfairness of it all.

Frustration spilled out of Peter as he saw John, the disciple specifically described as the one whom Jesus loved, following them.

And so,

‘When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”’ (V.21)

Would John, the disciple whom ‘Jesus loved’, be treated with favouritism and spared a painful future?

Well as it turned out, John would also have his fair share of troubles and would end his days as an exile on the Isle of Patmos.

Jesus could have explained that to Peter so that he wouldn’t feel so bad about his own situation, but He didn’t.

‘Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”’ (V.22)

Instead of being told what would happen to John, Peter is effectively told to mind his own business, don’t’ get distracted onto other things, but rather focus on the important matter at hand, which is staying faithful as a follower of me.

All of us at one time or another find ourselves distracted with issues of fairness. We may well say to Jesus, ‘I’m going through all of this, but what about my brother or sister in Christ who doesn’t seem to have any of my troubles’?

Paul once asked Jesus about his ‘thorn in the flesh’ and was told

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

It’s not wrong to question Jesus about these things, but our questioning doesn’t mean we’ll always get the answer we want.

When we compare our lot with others, maybe Jesus is gently saying to us “mind your own business, follow me, and you will find my grace is sufficient for you”.

Have a good week following Jesus and discovering the sufficiency of His grace.

Pastor Barry

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