Friday, July 24th, 2015
All Things (Part 7)
Are Judged By God
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Matthew 7:1-3 (NKJV)
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend...
Matthew 13:41 (NKJV)
Brethren, here's the sticking point: a tempting word called judgment. If I said I've shaken this bad habit, I'd be the pot calling the kettle black. Because sometimes I'm smoked by the tempter. I get steamed when Christians judge outsiders, which convicts me as a hot-tempered saint.
'Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4).
'There is one Lawgiver, Who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?' (James 4:12).
'For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges' (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).
Here's the thing: I believe we serve a God of the heart. Try as we might, we can't see like He does. Only God knows past, present and future. Only God knows every heart's circumstance. Only God knows our truest intentions.
When Christians judge outsiders, we're like spoiled rich kids: the kind who grow up smart in the best private schools. We feel entitled by wealth, brains and pedigree. We can spot a sin a mile away... in others. So we judge, while the world sees us as snobby brats.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Sadly, the cause of Christ has been harmed by hateful judgment. For some, the Great Commission became a deep division.
Like a bridge over troubled waters, your talent can span that gap. Like a King raised on a gruesome Cross, your arms reach east to west. Like God's Son Who came not to condemn, you don't condemn either.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.