Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment!” John 7:24 King James Version
Shalom to you! Yesterday, we talked about Jesus and how he instructed the Pharisees to not judge by appearance but to judge righteous judgement. We also shared how this applies to things in our lives. Jesus wants us to not be moved by what we see but by His Word which is faithful, true and dependable. When things look contrary to The Word believe The Word. Today we are going to switch up a little bit. Yesterday we mainly talked about things in regards to judging righteous judgement. Let’s talk today about how this applies to people. As usual we will start with The Word.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 2 Corinthians 5:16 NIV
This scripture is the Apostle Paul instructing people in how things have changed since they now belong to Christ. He admonishes them that from now on, they are not to regard anyone from just a human standpoint. Why? Because this would prevent them from judging the person with a righteous judgement. Let me ask you a question. When you see a person, lets say you are a man and you see a beautiful woman. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that the woman is beautiful however, if you are a believer, do your thoughts go beyond that, beyond appearance, beyond the flesh? Do you see that person and wonder if they are saved or not? When Jesus met the woman at the well, we have no scripture as to how she looked but we can tell from the conversation that Jesus was interested in her soul and being a blessing to her. His intent was to share The Gospel, Himself with her to alleviate not just her natural thirst but her spiritual thirst.
When we engage the grocery store clerk, the mechanic, or cashier, we have to be mindful not just of what we want and need from them but what we need to give to them. We are here as ambassadors on an assignment from Heaven. The job you do everyday is not your full-time job, not if you are a believer. The job you get a paycheck from is simply your part-time job. Being a believer is your full-time job. You are here to work miracles. You are here to heal the sick. You are here to cast out demons. You are here to be JESUS! As believers Jesus must be our constant example and we must know Him through and by The Word. Jesus was dogged and put down by the so-called “church people’ for hanging out with well-known sinners, tax collectors and other shady characters. As a matter of fact, Jesus had a title that would not be popular in the church and that most Christians today would not be guilty of. He was called, “THE FRIEND OF SINNERS.” May you have that title as well. Jesus was about winning people and how can you win people if you are busy shunning them? At a previous church, it was common to hear the pastor say that if you hang out with sinners, soon you would be sinning and they will contaminate you. But my Bible says, “Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world. In the Old Testament if you touched the unclean you became unclean. But in The New Testament Jesus touched the unclean lepers and made them clean. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. Look at what Jesus said.
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent. Luke 5:32 New Living Translation
The Pharisees looked at the people Jesus was hanging out with and eating with as scum and beneath them. Jesus saw people who needed to be saved. See things the way Jesus sees them. More importantly see people the way Jesus sees them. Jesus died for that person just like He died for you. What would you want someone to do for you?
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!