Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Little League Games (Part 8)
Judges Without Joy
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 (NKJV)
There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?
James 4:12 (NKJV)
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 7:5 (NKJV)
Most often, judging is a joyless job. Why? Because those you judge harshly become hurt or angry. If you make a mistake, you get a ricochet hit: the blaster gets blasted; the judge gets judged.

Just ask umpires. Just ask Jesus. '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' (Matthew 7:1-2).

Only God is a perfect Judge. Only God is truly qualified. Only God makes the final call.

Even so, earth has officials. In the field of sports, coaches judge players. Referees judge games. Armchair quarterbacks judge them all.

In the field of entertainment, directors judge talent. Critics judge stars. Screen-glued eyes judge them all.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: judging is a role you must decline. As ambassadors of Christ, your job is joy--specifically the spreading of it. You've got good news, and everyone needs it.

Therefore, refuse petty debates, cutting remarks, finger pointing and games of gossip--because veterans of trivial pursuits seldom change leagues. Neither for the King of kings nor for the kings of entertainment.

Even worse, media loves to feature 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5) judges on the news. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) will travel the earth to catch a Christian hurling stones on camera. But Jesus did not hurl. He received.

'Come to Me' (Matthew 11:28, 19:14). 'Come to Me' (Mark 10:14). 'Come to Me' (Luke 11:6, 18:16). 'Come to Me' (John 6:37, 7:37).

Sour-mouthed stone-casters are impostors: 'For false christs and false prophets will rise' (Mark 13:22).

Only through joy, peace and love can Jesus be shown. Revealing Him is our job. Judging others is His.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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