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Focusing on your own business

Introduction

This message is for the people who made mistakes in life, who had their hearts broken (the mere humans), and who were the victims of harsh judgment from people.  “The perfect people”.

In the book of John 8: 1 -11, they brought a woman to Jesus who was caught in the very act of adultery and they wanted to stone her to death because she was a sinner (there is no mention of the person she was with). Jesus wrote on the ground and told them, he who was without sin should cast the first stone at her and they left.

Avoid distractions

It is very important that we remain focused on achieving our goals both professionally and personally, which means we should set aside all forms of distractions. I have found that an easy way to get distracted is by being nosy and getting involved in other people’s business, like gossiping about them.

I am not saying that if you see someone who has a genuine need you should ignore them, no we should be the hands and feet of Jesus and offer assistance, if we can.   I am talking about taking on the title of a “busybody” or being a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, searching for clues, not with a magnifying glass but with a smartphone (for worldwide distribution of the findings).

One common distraction

According to  Google’s Oxford Languages gossip is “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” Basically, idle people sit down (or stand) and makeup stories about other people, or better yet, if they hear one thing about you, they add some seasoning to make it more sensational, then pass it on.

Why do people engage in such destructive chatter, which most times does not add value to themselves or the person(s) whom they are discussing? Well, it’s a good way to pass the time, especially if you have nothing better to do. Some will even try to get you to join them, to meddle in other people’s life. (Don’t take the bait)

An example of what happens, when you do not mind your business

In Acts Chapter 19 verses 11 – 16, we encounter the Apostle Paul whom God was using to do great works and it reads “ 11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.  13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”   (NIV)

The sons of Sceva never knew Jesus or anything about the power that Paul had, they heard him calling on the name of Jesus and decided that they were going to follow him. The end result was injury and embarrassment. 

In 1 Peter 4: 14 -16 it states that 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” (NIV).  It is better to suffer for something worthwhile.

Some reasons to focus on you

These are just a few reasons to focus on yourself:

  • When you are focused on achieving your goals you will become more successful, as there is no competition in your lane.
  • You could also use the time to water your own grass instead of looking over the neighbor’s fence on theirs. Sometimes looks are deceiving, as the grass over the neighbor’s yard is only green because of coloring, it is fake or they bought some rolls of grass. (Don’t keep up with the Joneses)
  • Nobody focuses on your affairs when you are obsessed with other people’s business.  I am sure you don’t want to get to retirement and have nothing to show for your time on earth. 

Remember, when we judge we will be judged by the same measure and judgment we use (Matthew 7: 1 -2). Could you handle your own judgment and measurement?

1 thought on “Focusing on your own business”

  1. Lovely commentary. It is important that we push ourselves to achieve the things we want in life and at the same time focus on our success. It’s an excellent point that we also need to be our brother’s keepers and look out for them too as we strive to make it to the Kingdom by God’s grace. Thanks for sharing.

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