Mind Your Own Busi­ness In­stead Of Be­ing A Busy­body

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - Sub­mit­ted by Kitty Collingsworth

“That you also as­pire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own busi­ness, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk prop­erly to­ward those who are out­side, and that you may lack noth­ing.”

I Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 4:7-12

Wayne Holly was cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day, and Don and Janet Chaney were cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding an­niver­sary as we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church. Spe­cial prayers were re­quested for Don­nie Bur­ton and Jimmy Easter. Jeanette Easter thanked Sheri, Ash­ley, Janet and Shel­ley for their help with the Trunk or Treat and pre­sented the church with the sec­ond-place prize and rib­bon we won.

We had a won­der­ful crowd for our an­nual Thanks­giv­ing Com­mu­nity Din­ner on Satur­day evening. Thanks to ev­ery­one who helped and to Dar­lene for set­ting up and dec­o­rat­ing. Spe­cial thanks to Don Brack­ney Jr. and Car­rie Edens for their help.

Linda Aber­crom­bie gave the devo­tional, “Re­grets,” and read John 4:34. Ev­ery­one has re­grets from missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, mis­takes and sins. Re­gret serves as in­struc­tion to help us from mak­ing more mis­takes. Some­times we get stuck in re­gret and should just re­mem­ber that that boat has sailed. Never let re­grets block God’s peace and what He is call­ing you to do.

In ob­ser­vance of Veterans Day, the Veterans in our con­gre­ga­tion were rec­og­nized; Jimmy Easter, Tim McCaine, Eu­gene Case­bolt and Wayne John­son. We ap­pre­ci­ate their ser­vice to our coun­try. With Becky John­son at the pi­ano, we sang “My Coun­try Tis of Thee” and “O Beau­ti­ful for Spa­cious Skies” led by Karen Gard­ner. Jerry Aber­crom­bie and Wayne served as ush­ers and col­lected the of­fer­ing.

Our Pas­tor, Brother Mark Hall brought us God’s mes­sage, “Mind Your Own Busi­ness,” and read I Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 4:7-12. Verses 11-12 says, “That you also as­pire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own busi­ness, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk prop­erly to­ward those who are out­side, and that you may lack noth­ing.” Brother Mark said there are two kinds of peo­ple, those who think they have to share ev­ery de­tail in ev­ery mo­ment of their day and those who want to see what ev­ery­one is do­ing.

“Wouldn’t it be great if ev­ery­one would mind their own busi­ness in­stead of be­ing a busy­body? Some have more wis­dom about oth­ers’ af­fairs than their own. Busy­bod­ies seem to be crit­i­cal by na­ture. They worry about the splin­ter in their neigh­bor’s eye more than the beam in their own. God didn’t just in­struct us as in­di­vid­u­als to mind our own busi­ness, but he also in­tended for churches to mind their own busi­ness and that is God’s busi­ness. Churches want to be soul food restau­rants in­stead of soul sav­ing churches. They try to serve ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­one in­stead of serv­ing the word of God. We are not sup­posed to be hos­pi­tal­ity houses, we are sup­posed to be the tem­ple of the liv­ing God. We need to for­get about the world’s busi­ness and mind our own busi­ness be­fore we for­get what our busi­ness is.”

In Luke 2:49, when Jesus was 12, he said, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Fa­ther’s busi­ness?” And in Luke 19:10, Jesus said, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” That was Jesus’ busi­ness. Our busi­ness is to tell oth­ers how to get to Heaven.”

Brother Mark con­tin­ued by telling us some things we need to know about God’s busi­ness with scrip­ture read­ings. “It is a big busi­ness. It is world­wide (Matthew 28:19). God’s busi­ness is time sen­si­tive (John 9:4 and Colos­sians 4-5). God’s busi­ness is not just big ge­o­graph­i­cally, but it is big nu­mer­i­cally (Romans 3:23). It is a se­ri­ous busi­ness be­cause it in­volves ev­ery­one. To spread God’s word you must be be­liev­able, hon­est and trust­wor­thy. You must lead the right kind of life for oth­ers to see. God’s busi­ness is big per­pet­u­ally. It goes on un­til Jesus comes (Matthew 28:20). God’s busi­ness is im­por­tant be­cause it deals with our eter­nal des­tiny and that of the peo­ple we love. Ev­ery­one is at stake. It is an ur­gent busi­ness (1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5). Time is a gift of God. We can’t buy time. God has given you that time to be about His busi­ness. One day there won’t be any more time to min­is­ter, wit­ness and pray. God’s busi­ness is a re­ward­ing busi­ness (Matthew 25:34). No other busi­ness has a re­tire­ment plan like God’s busi­ness re­tire­ment plan.”

In clos­ing, Brother Mark said, “Be­fore and after you read your Bi­ble, pray for un­der­stand­ing and di­rec­tion. We want to un­der­stand heaven and what it is like, how won­der­ful it is. But are you ready for Heaven? You have to take care of the busi­ness of sal­va­tion be­fore you can take care of God’s busi­ness. Ev­ery­one who calls on His name will be saved. Jesus made the sacrifice for our sins. Have you taken care of the busi­ness of sal­va­tion? Jesus walked 70 miles to be bap­tized.”

After the mes­sage, we ob­served the Lord’s Sup­per with Com­mu­nion as Brother Mark read 1 Corinthi­ans 11:23-34. Our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion was “I’ll Tell the World That I’m a Chris­tian.” Doug Cory gave the bene­dic­tion.

We in­vite you to wor­ship with us at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church at 11 a.m. Sun­day morn­ings. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

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