Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
Each moment is valued in God’s eyes. He presents opportunities for us to be blessed. He has given us his Holy Spirit to help us maximize the blessings. But sometimes we ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit and are led astray. The Bible says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
On one occasion, Jesus had a conversation with Peter. He explained to him the type of death by which he would glorify God, then he told Peter to follow him. It so happened that Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, and so he asked Jesus, “What about him?” Jesus said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me” (John 21:17-22).
Similar to Peter, I have asked questions about matters that were not my concern; some of which resulted in conflicts. Thanks be to God, I have learned to invest my time and interest in my God given assignment. God’s desire is for us to quietly work and mind our own business (1 Thessalonians 4:11). When we meddle in people’s affairs, we are distracted from our assignment, which can contribute to a delay or premature end. Furthermore, every time we ask questions or make comments unrelated to our assignments, we miss an opportunity to be a blessing to someone. The Bible says, “Therefore encourage one other and build each other up… (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Jesus is asking you and I to follow him. What does it mean to follow Jesus? It signifies that he is our strongest desire and we do what pleases him (John 8:29: Colossians 3:17). When we have a strong desire for the things of the Lord, we have no interest in worldly matters and will not be distracted. During Jesus’s earthly ministry, his desire was to do his father’s will, hence, he spent every moment accomplishing same (John 4:34). Likewise, we should spend this present moment following Jesus and accomplishing our divine purpose.