1 Peter 5:14-17 Voluntary Hall Monitors
If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!
Rob was teaching from this passage on Sunday, and the last item on the list in verse 15 really caught my attention. “Prying into other people’s affairs” ranks with murder & stealing for things NOT to do. Interesting.
Perhaps that’s why our nation is so divided right now. Half the people want to be left alone and the other half wants to pry into our affairs. It really is a nuisance.
The Word of God never changes with the times & one of the best verses for daily living is and always will be from 1 Thessalonians 4...
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. (v.11-12)
Imagine a society where we mind our own business. It’s a dying concept, especially with social media, which I am using right now to post this. (smiley face) But truly, as a Believer, I would like to allow others to be instructed by the Holy Spirit without butting in. It’s scary, especially when people I love, or people I see underthinking a situation, are not doing something how I would do it. But I don’t want to be like half the nation that meddles. Like Rob said on Sunday, “being a voluntary Hall Monitor is exhausting.”
And it’s exhausting because God gives no one the strength for that job because that job is already filled by the Holy Spirit.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. (Galatians 5:16) And apparently, our sinful nature is dying to tell others what to do and “pry into their affairs.”
Thank you for your Holy Spirit helping me to lead a quiet life and mind my own business. I pray that you will protect me and my family from meddlers and help me not to fall into the trap of being one. Thank you for your instruction and your grace to all who love and trust you. Amen.