December 28, 2010 – Judging Others

Today’s thought …

Philippians 3:16  “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”

It is so very easy to compare ourselves to others and their walks with the Lord.  Often times we judge others’ seeming immaturity in order to make ourselves seem more spiritual and wise.   What really occurs is we self-justify our lives based on our own standards than what Yeshua desires from us in the Scriptures.   These judgements leave us less mature than those we judge and our own spiritual journeys stall in the muck of self-righteousness.

It is difficult to watch people we love say they love the Lord, but see no fruit in their lives.  Yet, it is Yeshua who will be giving out the eternal rewards based on the fruit in our lives not what we saw or didn’t see in the lives of others.   Only Yeshua knows if we or they are living up to what we or they have already attained.

“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.  From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48).

It is not enough to just hear the Word or know the Word, but we must do and live out the Word in this world.  How others appear to do that is not for us to judge or question.  Some may appear to be going nowhere in their walks of faith, but for them it is a great journey of the heart.  Others may seem to have attained much in spirituality,  but in reality, they live nothing but outward appearances.

What knowledge of God have you attained?  What understanding have you been given about faith, Yeshua, the Word, the commands?  How much wisdom of the Spirit have you been entrusted with through gifts?  Accordingly, live to what you have attained, been given, and entrusted with.   Each believer has been spiritually equipped  in order to live out what they have attained to the fullest of God’s plan.   Whatever that is – how little or much – we must be doing it all for the glory of God.

In the end, we will all stand before Yeshua.  Those we judge may hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:21).

While we, who seemed to have much, will have everything taken away because we lived our lives looking at the lives of others and not at what was given to and expected of us. “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.    Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him” (Luke 8:18).

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