I discovered that Christians worry about really trivial things. Sometimes we stick our nose where it belongs but keep it there for way too long.
It’s okay to look at other churches.
It’s fine to glimpse at another ministry.
It’s perfectly alright to read and study prophecy.
Reading about end times is interesting.
But after you look, glimpse, read, and study then it’s time to get busy with the real concern – yourself!
Here’s my reasoning.
After His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples on the beach at the Sea of Galilee. He turns and looks at Peter and asks him a series of questions about Peter’s love for Him.
Peter then asks Jesus about John and what he is suppose to do.
Jesus response is sobering.
Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” John 21:22
The disciples began clamoring about John remaining alive until He came back. They missed the point.
They, like us, need to take to heart the words, “what is that to you? You follow Me!”
Above all it’s about your relationship with Jesus – “you follow Me!”
You can fret over how big another pastor’s church is but “you follow Me!”
You can envy another ministry and want to copy their ways and means but “you follow Me!”.
You can listen to message after message on the end times. You can grow concerned about the rapture coming before, during, or after. But “you follow Me!”
You can complain that you’re not being blessed like another Christian but “you follow Me!”
Life’s not fair! But “you follow Me!”
The President did this or that! But “you follow Me!”
I didn’t get a raise! But “you follow Me!”
My neighbor got more in an oil lease than I did! But “you follow Me!”
My boss… “you follow Me!”
My mom… “you follow Me!”
Him! Her! Them! …“you follow Me!”
Either we trust Jesus, His word, and His promises or we don’t!
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matt 6:31-34