November 15 What Is That To Thee?
“Lord, what shall this man
do? . . What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.” John 21:21,2
One of our severest lessons comes from the
stubborn refusal to see that we must not interfere in other people's lives. It
takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that
is, interfering with God's order for others. You see a certain person
suffering, and you say – He shall not suffer, and I will see that he does not.
You put your band straight in front of God's permissive will to prevent it, and
God says – “What is that to thee?” If there is stagnation spiritually, never
allow it to go on, but get into God's presence and find out the reason for it.
Possibly you will find it is because you have been interfering in the life of
another; proposing things you had no right to propose; advising when you had no
right to advise. When you do have to give advice to another, God will advise
through you with the direct understanding of His Spirit; your part is to be so
rightly related to God that His discernment comes through you all the time for
the blessing of another soul.
Most of us live on the borders of
consciousness – consciously serving, consciously devoted to God. All this is
immature, it is not the real life yet. The mature stage is the life of a child
which is never conscious; we become so abandoned to God that the consciousness
of being used never enters in. When we are consciously being used as broken
bread and poured-out wine, there is another stage to be reached, where all
consciousness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is eliminated. A
saint is never consciously a saint; a saint is consciously dependent on God.