Several weeks ago, as I was walking from one location at work to another, I passed by a radio as the agitated DJ exclaimed, “What’s wrong with the world is, everybody mind your own business.” I don’t know what issue he was addressing. But the message I heard was, “Leave me alone!”
I thought about that statement as I continued to my destination. We probably have all heard someone tell us to mind our own business as we try to get involved in their lives to help them. Many of us have undoubtedly said those words to someone (or at least wanted to!).
If we were to truly mind our own business, we wouldn’t:
- Stop to help an elderly man with change a flat tire
- Hold a door open for someone at the grocery store
- Give money to any relief organization
- Help anyone do anything unless it directly benefited ourselves
What does it really mean for a Christian to “mind their own business?”
As I thought about those words, I saw them in a new light. I recently heard a message at our church about the purposes of the church. Those purposes are:
- that Christ would be preeminent in everything – Colossians 1:18
- that the manifold wisdom of God would be known in heavenly realms – Ephesians 3:10
- that the world may know that God sent Jesus and that he loves us – John 17:23
Imagine if Christians did mind their own business – that is, the “business” of the church.
Who would we reach out to in order to let them know that God sent Jesus? Our conversations with co-workers could go much deeper than the weekend’s football scores or complaining about the boss.
What can we live without so that someone else may have more? We could foster or adopt children in need. We could sponsor a child at an orphanage in Africa. Maybe support a local mission in our own town or city.
When would we be looking to relate with others? I could introduce myself to someone new at a restaurant or in an elevator. We could welcome visitors at church with more than a “good to see you.” We may even invite people to our homes to have dinner so that we can get to know them better.
Where might we travel to share that Jesus loves us and others? Overseas? Inner city? To our neighbors’ houses?
Why wouldn’t Christians be constantly growing in relationships with God and with people? Through Bible study we would know God’s word. By prayer we would know God’s heart. In relationships with other believers we would be strengthened.
How would the church function if the focus was on putting Jesus first? The color of carpet, the variety of coffee served or the style of music played would no longer be of prime importance. Instead of focusing on the entertainment aspects of church, the congregants would be worshiping Jesus and building one another up, spurring each other on to good works. The church could be uniting instead of dividing. Once united, the church would be ready to show the world the love of God.
As Christians, minding our business means getting involved in the lives of hurting people. That is what Jesus did, and that is what he calls us to do today. We are Christ’s ambassadors – 2 Corinthians 5:20 – representing him in a hurting world.
How involved should Christians be in the lives of others? How are you involved in others’ lifes, sharing the love of Jesus with them?