“What Is That to You?”

November 15th, 2012 by Dave Leave a reply »

Peter . . . said to Jesus, ’But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ’. . . what is that to you? You follow Me’ —John 21:21-22

One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your hand right in front of God’s permissive will to stop it, and then God says, “What is that to you?” Is there stagnation in your spiritual life? Don’t allow it to continue, but get into God’s presence and find out the reason for it. You will possibly find it is because you have been interfering in the life of another— proposing things you had no right to propose, or advising when you had no right to advise. When you do have to give advice to another person, God will advise through you with the direct understanding of His Spirit. Your part is to maintain the right relationship with God so that His discernment can come through you continually for the purpose of blessing someone else.

Most of us live only within the level of consciousness— consciously serving and consciously devoted to God. This shows immaturity and the fact that we’re not yet living the real Christian life. Maturity is produced in the life of a child of God on the unconscious level, until we become so totally surrendered to God that we are not even aware of being used by Him. When we are consciously aware of being used as broken bread and poured-out wine, we have yet another level to reach— a level where all awareness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is completely eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint— a saint is consciously dependent on God.

Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
It is counter intuitive that being conscious of our Christ-Likeness isn’t really the objective … but rather being unconsciously aware of the Christ-motivated things that we do … and then realize when looking back, that our connection with you was functioning and your love and blessing came thru. Usually to someone else, but also to us. It is similar to the same concept in business, being unconsciously competent, where the desired responses become second nature.
Prayer: Lord, help me stay connected so closely today that you are able to flow your love and blessings thru me to those you send across my path, and at the end of the day, show me some of what we’ve done together.


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