Mind your own business! That’s none of your business! How often we hear a comment like this when someone says or does something that seems a little too personal. The circumstances in my own life and what I know about situations with others brings me to write about this today. I believe that a misunderstanding of this very thing is one of the greatest problems that we have today in our society! Learning the truth about “minding your own business” is also one of the most important lessons you will ever learn. It will help bring you peace. It will improve every relationship in your life. It will give you a sense of purpose and meaning. It would help fix the problems in our Country and would help Virginia Tech live up to its own motto. If we had better understood and applied the truth here, then 04-16-07 would have never happened.
Each of us is naturally curious. From the moment we are born until the moment we die we want to know about what is happening with others. This is why gossip is such a problem. This is why those tabloids sell and can stay in business and what drives pop culture. That is why personal stories are so interesting to many and what drives the reality shows. We do make it our business to be involved to varying degrees in the lives of others and even form opinions about them accordingly. Whether you think it is good or bad it is the way that we all are and a reality that you cannot escape. So, what is the proper way to understand what is and is not our business?
The LORD God makes this clear in Scripture. From the very beginning, we see the problem and excuse with Cain’s question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Jesus answered the proud lawyer’s question: “Who is my neighbor?” and taught how we should relate to others (c.f. Luke 10:29-37). He explained how important serving others is and even in little, ordinary ways (see the context and Matthew 25:35-40). “Serve One Another” is a key Biblical theme and the seventh in my “Top Ten Lessons” (tabbed above) and within many of my articles. Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is even the motto for Virginia Tech and many other Universities and groups. To serve and love another, you must get involved to some extent in “their business.” It is not our job to down others or spread bad things about them. It is our business to make others more successful in life and help them come to know the One who gives and offers eternal life!
Those professing to follow Jesus Christ have a particular responsibility here and had best learn to have the mindset that He had: Consider Philippians 2:4-5:
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus….”
In other words, we are actually called to mind other people’s business! How else can we help and serve them? The problem comes (which is what often brings out that statement) when someone tries to force control over another and takes the place of God in their life. Ultimately, each of us will give an account of himself to the LORD. God is the Judge of our actions and He has established human authorities to help there as well (my book will particularly explain this).
You certainly will not agree with everyone around you, but your service toward them cannot even be based on that. It must be based on the One Who gives to us, even as sinners. Everyone will receive some degree of help or service, particularly when it is offered with the mindset of Jesus Christ. Learn to mind other people’s business and serve them in whatever ways you can.