Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Do-Gooders: Cast No Stones
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 8:7 (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? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)
When did God call saints to judge earth's people? When did their actions become our business?
Jesus didn't think they were His business. Neither did Paul: 'What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?' (1 Corinthians 5:12, NIV).
Nevertheless, if modern-day insults might be compared to ancient-day stoning, countless rocks are being hurled in anger.
But none of them come from the Rock of Christ. So why do Christians hurl words of hatred?
Instead of Good News, the world hears our boos. While accusations get thrown back and forth, the One getting the most hits is Jesus. Unfortunately, these 'hits' are not 'likes.'
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Hard-hitting stones don't make your play book. Because no Christian lives without sin.**
Your starring role in this production is to represent Jesus in love: to show a Savior so wonderful that outsiders become insiders.*** 'For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him' (John 3:17).
## Do-Gooders: Cast No Stones (Part 31)
* Good, short article: Should Christians Point Out People's Sins?
** Referenced sin list: http://www.amazingbible.org/Documents/Bible_Studies/Sin_list_part_6.htm
** Seven abominations to the Lord: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+6%3A16-19&version=NKJV
*** When outsiders commit to Christ, the Holy Spirit can begin His work in them. It's the same work He is doing in us: the transformation of softened hearts, renewed minds and lives focused on the mission of Christ.
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.