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John 21:21-22, “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and
what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I
come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”
Jesus responded to Peter by
saying that is none of your business when Peter was inquisitive about another
man. Take note of Acts 1:6-7, “When they
therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at
this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not
for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own
Jesus simply responded by saying that this is none of your
business! Peter had come and asked about the future. Peter came to Jesus and
said to Him what is going to happen to the beloved John and Jesus responded by
saying, “…what is that to thee?”
Jesus was saying to Peter it is
none of your business what happens to him then Jesus said to Peter, “…follow thou me.” Jesus is saying.
“Peter your hands are already full just keep on following me! Peter you have
enough trouble doing what I’ve asked you to do. Peter you have a full time job
just in doing my will. Quit prying and quit trying to find out what is going to
happen to John! You be concerned about what is happening to Peter and not what
is going to happen to John.
In Acts chapter one the disciples
came to Jesus and said, “…wilt thou at
this time restore again the kingdom…”
If you will recall Jesus had said in
John chapter 14, “I go to prepare a place
for you and if I go and prepare a place I will come again.”
Jesus had
promised to come again and they thought He would come back right away. Remember
Paul even said regarding Jesus’ return, “Then
we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord.”
Paul said I expect to be here at the rapture.
John said the day is at hand. In Acts chapter one this is our Lord in his
resurrected body, His glorified body and He is about to go back to Heaven. The
disciples asked Lord at this time will you restore the kingdom? Jesus said, “It
is not for you to know” or “It is none of your business.” The truth is most of
our problems are caused by things that are none of our business.

“What is going to happen to me?
What is going to happen to mine?” My friend that is none of your business and
that is none of my business for it is God’s business! I refuse to pry into the
future because I have no control over the future. The future is not mine! The
future belongs to God! The present belongs to me!
They were asking Jesus are you
going to restore the kingdom? Jesus said that is none of your business! I
believe I would be correct in stating that 90 % of all of our problems, our
anxieties, our fears, and our worries exist because we are trying to pry into
the future.
All of us would have a better
future if we would concentrate on doing right today and let that make our
tomorrow! The reason most of us have a lousy present is because we failed to do
yesterday what would have built us a great future.
My future belongs to God while my
present belongs to me. What ever I give God today He will use to make my
tomorrow. The present must occupy my entire attention. Jesus is saying Peter
you forget what is going to happen to John and follow thou me! Forget about
John’s future and concentrate on your present.
I use to play a little golf! It was generally bogy golf but I still loved to play the game. Golfers who play 18
holes of golf are not very good. Golfers who play one hole at a time are above
average golfers. Vince Lombardi made world champions out of the Green Bay
Packers because of his emphasis on the fundamentals of football. He worked on
making the most first downs. Casey Stengel made world champions out of the New
York Mets because of the emphasis on the fundamentals of baseball. Tom Landry
made world champions out of the Dallas Cowboys by stressing the fundamentals of
Jesus is saying your future is My
business and not your business. Peter asked, “How about John’s future?” Jesus
quickly replied, “That is none of your business!” Jesus is saying, “I am
interested in your present and what you are doing now so simply follow me!”
My future and your future belong
to God and my present belongs to me! I give to God my today’s and the quality
of that gift is translated into a quality future. God can only make a future as
bright as you make your present bright!
“Jesus how about the kingdom will
you restore it now?” Jesus replies, “That is none of your business so quit
prying! I just gave you the great commission, I just told you to go into all
the world to preach the Gospel to every creature, I told you to baptize those
converts, and I told you to train them to go win others to Christ! The future
kingdom is my business and the present winning of souls is your business.”
Jesus is saying I am not
concerned about the future for I am concerned about your present. What good
does it do to restore the kingdom if there is no one there to enjoy it with
you? Jesus said succinctly and simply, “Follow
thou me”
or don’t pry into the future.
Someone said one time about
public speaking that there were three things he did. First, before he spoke he
would worry about what he is going to say. Second, while he was speaking he
would worry about what he was saying. Third, when he finished he would worry
about what he said. NOT ME! I work hard to prepare, but I do not and refuse to
worry about it when I’m preaching. I absolutely lose myself! I am not worried
about next Sunday’s sermon while I am preaching today’s sermon. I am not
worried about last Sunday’s sermon but I can do something about the sermon I am
currently preaching!
Stay inside your business and
today is your business not tomorrow. It is best that all of us keep our nose
out of the future. When I pastored I did not have a lot of appointments for I
only had one appointment and it is the one I had at that particular moment. I
do not have a lot of things to do. I have one thing to do and it is the thing I
am doing now! I did not have a lot of weddings for I only had one wedding the
one I was doing at the moment! I did not have a lot of funerals for I only had
one funeral and it was the one I was conducting at the moment! I did not have a
lot of staff for I only had one staff member and it was the one I was dealing
with at the moment! I had only one staff meeting and that was the one being
conducted at the moment!
To me the sermon that was the
most important sermon I will preach or ever preach is the one I am preaching at
the moment! All of us should close the door and quit prying into the future.
God said He would lead His children through the wilderness. Your future and my
future belong to God while the present belongs to us. If we have a quality
present we will have a quality future! God will only use what you give Him
today to make up your future tomorrow. I refuse to sit in a wheel chair and
say, “I didn’t realize what I had!” Stay busy now and allow God to take care of
the future. There is one thing all of us have in common and that is the present.
I am still in somewhat of a shock
that Dr. Jack Hyles is in Heaven. I honestly thought he would live as long as
his mother did. She went to Heaven at the age of 96! His sister Earlyne Stevens
is still alive as of the writing of this chapter is in her 90’s. I am so glad that I
loved and enjoyed every minute with Dr. Hyles. I did not take him for granted!
None of us know if we will have a tomorrow but we do know we have a today.
God told Moses to tell Pharaoh
that the “I AM” hath sent thee! Quit prying into the future! “What is
going to happen to John?” Jesus said IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! “When will
the kingdom be restored?” Jesus replied IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! Jesus did
say, “Follow thou me!”
Build your Sunday school class
now, your bus route now, win souls now, baptize converts now, enjoy your
marriage now, enjoy your children now, enjoy your church now, enjoy your school
now, and enjoy all God has placed into your world now!
Peter said to Jesus, “I’m worried
about John.” Jesus replied, “…and what is that to thee. Peter John’s business
is none of your business.” I would suggest that we not pry into the future and
that we do not pry into problems we cannot solve.
The best way to take an exam is
to answer all the questions that you know the answers to first. It is not wise
to attempt to solve the problems you cannot solve but solve the ones you can
solve. It is none of your business what your friends do, neighbors do, or
others do. It is best to keep your nose out of others business and stay busy
caring for your own business.
I do not try to solve problems
that are none of my business or that I cannot solve. I do not solve problems
that I am not asked to solve. I do not solve problems I do not need to solve. I
do not try to do what I cannot do. I do not try to know what I cannot know. I
do not meddle with what I cannot control and that way I can focus on what I can
control. I do not go looking for problems for I have enough I am responsible
for in my life and so do you!
“What is going to happen to
John?” Jesus said, “What is that to you” or in other words “Don’t’ pry!” “Is
the kingdom coming soon?” Jesus answers, “That is none of your business.”
90 % of our worries are because
we spend more time worrying about how it is going to turn out than turning it
out! We also stick our nose into business that is known of our business.
Attempting to solve problems you cannot solve is in essence neglecting the
problems you can solve!
Do not
pry into the future
Do not
pry into problems you cannot solve
I do not
pry into the future, do not pry into problems I cannot solve, and I refuse to
pry into the past! If you would like to forget about some dumb stunts you have
pulled in the past then do it. You are the one that keeps it stirred up! Then
you keep pulling another bonehead stunt, which cause those over you and around
you to be reminded of the last dumb stunt you pulled. What you are saying is,
“I have not changed!”
I cannot change nor remove the
past for it is gone and done! I cannot know the future for that is in God’s
hands! However, I can know the opportunity at hand and at the moment. I must
forget the past, forget the past failures, and quit doing those dumb things that
remind others of my past while creating a new past today.
Our sins are blotted out of God’s
memory book for they are buried in the deepest sea, under Jesus’ blood, behind
the back of God, hidden from God, and they are as gone as far as the East is
from the West so quit prying into the past!
Do not
pry into the future
Do not
pry into problems you cannot solve

Do not
pry into the past

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