Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mind Your Own Business

I Thessalonians 4:11-12
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds talk about people.

We would get so much more accomplished in life if we spent more time minding our own business instead of getting involved in everybody else’s business. It reminds me of a shop keeper in a busy mall worried about what other people are doing in other stores when you have people in your store who want to do business with you but you are so busy checking out the competition that you don’t even notice that you have people interested in your product. How much business do we miss worrying about other people’s business?

If we were to use that energy on our own business, we would be more successful and less bitter about other people who are doing better than we are. As a matter of fact, you could be doing far better than the people you envy if you would just settle down and mind your own business.

Paul tells us the secret to living a life that would help us win the respect of outsiders and make us successfully independent:
  1. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. Ambition and quiet don’t seem like they go together but in actuality quietness is necessary for ambitious people. If you are a busy body, you never get anything done because you are in everybody’s business but haven’t settled down to give your life the attention it deserves.
  2. Mind your own business. Before you sweep around somebody else’s door make sure your house is clean. While you are guiding others, who is going to guide you? I’m quite serious. While preaching “Don’t steal!” Are you going to rob people blind? Who would suspect you? The same with adultery. The same with idolatry. You can get by with almost anything if you front it with eloquent talk about God and his law. (Romans 2:21 the Message)
  3. Work with your hands. Make something happen! It’s time for us to be proactive and make something that will benefit the world, bless other people, and build up our character. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Dear God,

Help me to spend time being productive today and doing what is required to make my business successful by being about my Father’s Business.

In Jesus Name,

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