John 21:22 Poking Your Nose Into Other People’s Business

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:22

Putting their noses into another person’s business is a common problem that many people have. Sometimes it is done to be able to control another person. Often it is done out of jealousy.

Most people want every thing to be fair and equal to every one, especially when it involves themselves in the comparison. When things do not appear to be fair and equal, people see it and jealousy often arises.

Jesus had just told Peter to feed His sheep, if he loved Him. Peter then asked about John. Jesus said He could keep him alive until He returns, but it has nothing to do with Peter.

Men and women in the church are no different than people outside the church. Many are often ‘concerned’ about another person getting something that they did not get. It is an undercover for the feeling of jealousy.

They will poke their nose into the business of others to see what they are getting they are not getting. Or why one person gets a blessing from God, while another does not. Some will question God as to His choices on handing out of blessings.

How God is blessing another person is of no real concern to any other person, unless one is willing to give God the glory for the blessing. Believers should rejoice when they see someone else being blessed.

Along with that, believers should accept their assignment from God. There should be no jealousy as to what God gives as an assignment to another person. God works with each person differently, but in the same way in guiding that person in the best way possible for his life.

As you go through life, you will see God bless others or give certain jobs to that you will not get. When you see these things, do not allow yourself to become jealous about it.

Give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing in another person’s life. While doing that, you can focus on what God is doing in your own life. Be more concerned about what God is telling you to do and how He is blessing you.

Don’t poke your nose into the business of others when it does no good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is calling you to do; that you will focus on what God is saying to you; and that you will not be jealous of what God is doing in and for others.

Matthew 9:9 Who Are You Following?

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9

Social media promotes the idea that everyone needs everyone to follow them. The more people a person has following him, the more popular and successful he is seen as to be.

Certain celebrities have millions of followers on the different social media platforms. Although people follow others, many really do not know the person that they are following. They only know about the person. There is seldom a direct personal relationship involved.

Jesus walked up to a Matthew, a tax collector, and told him to follow Him. Matthew immediately got up and followed Jesus.

While following people can bring some sort of short term excitement or enjoyment, it is only that–short term. People will fail and will eventually die, leaving all the followers with nothing in the end.

From the beginning of creation until today, God has always wanted a personal relationship with people. As soon as man sinned and fell away from that relationship, God set about building it back up again.

Jesus is calling all people to follow Him. Unlike the world, His calling is for eternity and He will always be right there for His followers. In following Jesus, one gets the benefit of eternal life, not just the image of some good person from a distance.

Many people hear the calling, but reject it. They do not realize what they are turning down–eternal love, joy, peace and life.

Jesus wants to show every person the perfect way to live life on this earth. If one knew and understood this, he would be like Matthew and immediately leave everything behind and follow Jesus for the rest of his life.

You have been called by Jesus to follow Him. You have to make a choice today as to whether you will choose to follow Him, learn from Him and obey Him or not.

Do not be like the majority of the world and reject Jesus and follow other temporary men. Leave your life of sin and death and follow Jesus into eternal life and joy.

Following Jesus will bring a change to your life. God will be able to use you to build His kingdom that will last for eternity, not a temporary kingdom on this earth.

Are you following Jesus and leaving your past behind?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your abilities; that you will leave your past behind to walk with God; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.

Matthew 4:19 What Are You Trying To Catch?

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19

Millions of people are out looking to catch their next big break in life. They are looking for the financial breakthrough or freedom from bondage to debt. Some are looking forward to catching the next big promotion, to find the right spouse, to find the right job, to purchase a house or something else.

While some will find their catch, many will have to keep on searching for the elusive ‘fish’, the satisfaction or purpose in life.

Jesus calls a couple of brothers that are fishermen to follow Him. He tells them that He will now send them out to catch people.

Catching fish can be difficult or near impossible for some people. One throws a line into a water, that he cannot see in, and hopes that a fish will see the line and bait, and will bite it. Some people catch fish for eating, while others catch just for the sport of it. With either reason, both are temporary events.

Jesus changed the focus of fishing for temporary things to fishing for people. The world is full of all kinds of people who need salvation. They are in need of a real life that is not temporary and has eternal purpose.

The only way people can gain an eternal perspective is for a believer to cast a line of witness to them and draw them in to knowing Jesus.

As Jesus came to this earth, His entire purpose was to catch people and save them from the grips of sin and death. Every believer, the ones Jesus caught, have that same mandate upon their life. As a believer they are to go out and catch some people for the kingdom of God.

Just as there are billions of fish to be caught, there are billions of people to be caught for Jesus.

You must ask yourself what are you fishing for in your life. Do not fish as the world fishes, just for temporary pleasures of this life, but fish for what lasts for eternity–people.

All around you are people who are needing to eat the word of God and be saved. You have the bait that they need to catch them for God. Instead of hoarding it to yourself, use God’s word to catch people for Him and build His kingdom.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal your purpose in this life; that you will catch people for God; that God will give you the bait to catch people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

2 Corinthians 6:2 Today Is The Day

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Procrastination is something that many people like to do. They want to put things off until the last minute or until they have to be done, with no choice.

The real challenge with procrastination is that often things come up at the last minute blocking a person from accomplishing the task desired, since it was put off for so long.

Paul quotes Isaiah in talking about God’s favor and salvation. Then he says that now, today is the time of His favor and the day of salvation.

One of the things that many people put off is repenting of sin and turning to God. It is common to hear of people who say that someday they will begin to follow Jesus, but not today.

This is often done, because they want to still live in the world and have the sinful fun of the world. They do not want to change.

While it may seem that a person has all the time in the world to make a choice to follow Jesus, this may not be true. Today may be looking good for one’s life, but tomorrow he may end up dead in an accident or something else, removing his chance to follow Jesus and be saved.

Doing something right away, when one has a chance, removes the chance of not being able to do it at all. Nothing is more important than the salvation of the soul. Salvation is something that effects someone in the here and now and also for all eternity.

You may or may not be a believer, but today is the day of salvation. Do not put off becoming a follow of Jesus and do not put off repenting of your sins.

You do not really know what the next moment holds for you. God may choose to take your life in the next moment, not giving you any more chances to be saved. Grab onto the salvation while you can, while it is still today.

Do not allow yourself to procrastinate on the most important event of your life. If you choose not to believe and you lose your life, you will end up judged in hell for all eternity. Today is the day of salvation.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to turn from sinful ways today; that you will not put off another moment to follow Jesus; and that you will know God’s favor as your follow Him.