You follow Me…
Concerning ourselves with others affairs is not our business. We are to love others, pray for others and not be concerned about how their life is progressing or regressing? We are not to be concerned with the path others take? We are to lift them up, encourage them as they move forward in their appointed missions and help them where we can. It is not our concern about the path they have chosen. If we have loved ones that are drug addicts, prostitutes or criminals, they are still a child of God, they are not these labels. Those labels are made by the devil.
We are to engage in their lives, show them a different, more prosperous way and let the love of God grab them. We are to be with them, night and day, proving to them they are loved beyond measure. We are to be with them as they are doing whatever it is they are doing to show them the Holy Spirit is trying to get their attention. We are not to intervene in God’s affairs, but, rather keep our eyes focused on Jesus Christ.
Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” ~ John 21:20-22 NKJB
For us as sinners that follow Jesus this may be one of the toughest lessons, situations, that we face. We see our loved ones, our friends and our neighbors hurting themselves, or others, and we want to tell them what to do, what needs to change and how they need to change it; Peter was attempting to do exactly this and get involved with what happens to John. However, according to what Jesus Christ, Himself, says in John 21:22 we are simply to show them how we are living, in Christ, and let Him do His part. Where would the world be today had Peter been successful with his intervention?
Being around the “lepers” in our world today means going to the homeless shelter, the places where society has kicked people to the curb and where we know where societies most broken congregate. This is where we find people to disciple – to show how, to teach them how we are living in Christ so that they may as well.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.