Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Position We Can't Fill!

Let us not therefore judge one another any more. (Rom. 14:13) 

Each one of us belongs to the same Lord. When we stop dictating, it is easier for others to mature as they follow the Lord's directing. 

Freeing others means we never assume a position we're not qualified to fill. This, in one sentence is enough to stop any person from judging another. We're not qualified. We lack full knowledge. How often we have jumped to wrong conclusions, made judgmental statements, only to find out later how off base we were . . . then wished we could cut out our tongue. What keeps us from being qualified to judge? 

We don't know all the facts.
We are unable to read motives.
We find it impossible to be totally objective.
We lack "the big picture."
We live with blind spots. 
We are prejudiced and have blurred perspective. 
Most of all, we ourselves are imperfect and inconsistent. 

The Grace Awakening 

Ok. Before I share my thoughts on this post, I will start by mentioning that I am in total agreement with everything that has been said above. I hear very often that we shall not judge and that comment is valid, up to a certain extent. I say up to a certain extent because the Bible tells me that "by their fruits, we shall know them." Those words are applicable to not only situations, but people as well. 

Here's an analogy for you: When you walk into the produce section of your supermarket, do you grab the first fruit or vegetable you see and leave the store right away without actually inspecting (discerning) to see if the fruit or vegetable is actually okay to eat? Of course not. The same way you would approach the fruit or vegetable with a discerning (judgmental) spirit, we must also apply that same exact spirit to the people and situations we are confronted with. I'm not in any way, shape, or form implying that we judge blindly. What I am implying is that we judge after knowing the fact. As consumers, we have an obligation to make a judgment call on the items we potentially purchase. As Christians, we also have the same responsibility and obligation to judge according to the fruits revealed in that particular situation or person. The Bible also tells us to "test the spirit by the Spirit." How do we do that without exercising discernment and making the appropriate judgment call? With all that said, is the position of judge a position we can fill? That all depends on whom or what is being judged. Is the final, ultimate judgment ours to make? No, that is God's position to fill. Are the small, daily judgments ours to make? With the help of the Holy Spirit, yes. When it's all said and done, regardless of the type of judgment is applied, it is God's position to fill and not ours because God is the One doing the intervening in each situation, whether it be directly done by Him or through us with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).