Don't interfere

'We hear that some people in your group...do nothing but busy themselves in other people's lives.' 2 Thessalonians 3:11 NCV

We all like to be involved and know what's going on. But there's a boundary between being informed and interfering. It's really good to help someone with their problems, but we need to discern when we're pushing into things that don't concern us. When we jump in and try to solve a person's problems without being asked, it usually ends up with that person resenting our interference, and us stuck in a situation we don't want to be in. Awkward and unpleasant!

We need to focus on the unique journey that God's called us on. We are supposed to help people, but we need to be more focused on the way we're called to go - this will stop us from interfering. Not interfering goes beyond not stepping in to fix things; it means not eavesdropping, gossiping, talking behind people's backs, and needing to figure everybody out. The only thing we can change about others is our attitude towards them.

Paul writes, 'We hear that some people in your group refuse to work. They do nothing but busy themselves in other people's lives. We command those people and beg them in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and earn their own food' (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 NCV). Are you prepared to stop interfering, and get on quietly with the things God's called you to do?

So what now? Each morning, ask God to help you focus on your own journey, and to show you the people he wants you to help.

Soulfood: Isa 61, Heb 12:2, Isa 35:3-10

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