“It’s nobody else’s business how I live…”
This claim has sure become a popular catchphrase today. It is often said as an excuse for immoral, self-destructive, selfish behavior. Strangely, people don’t say, “It’s nobody else’s business how I live” when they are generous, righteous, and helpful.
The Bible declares, “For not one of us lives for himself…” (Romans 14:7). What we do matters to others, and to God. Our lives, influence, and work are interrelated. We need to be reminded whose business it is how we live:
It is God’s business. God made us, we are His creation. He has a right to expect us to live to His purpose and His standards. The price of salvation was paid for by Jesus. We have been bought. Paul told the Corinthians, “you are not your own…For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (I Corinthians 6:19-20). What we do with our time, money, social life, etc. is God’s business. We gave up ourselves when we became a Christian. Our lives are God’s business!
It is the church’s business. As Christians we are part of a spiritual family that is connected to each other and is accountable to each other. If one brings shame to Christ or the church, all suffer. The apostle said, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1). When one is discouraged, it affects us. When one is weak, it affects us. When one walks with the world, it affects us. When one strays away, it affects us. We are members of one another. We gave up our independence when we came to Christ.
It is your neighbor’s business. What we do has an impact upon others. People see you and they are influenced by you. Your co-workers, your family, and your neighbors may want to visit us and worship with us because of you. Or, they may want nothing to do with us because of you.
How you live reflects what you believe, and it has an impact on your relationship with God and with those around you. Live accordingly.