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Monday, March 13, 2017

Nexus, 2: Judge NOT.

"Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand" (Romans 14:4, NIV).

"Go in to all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." These words of Jesus have been dubbed "The Great Commission." They've been spoken, quoted, preached, and by many, misunderstood as to what this means, how it should be applied and how misapplied, it does more damage than good. Jesus said to make disciples. He never said to reproduce your interpretation or point of view. A disciple is one who learns, but they must be able to learn truth from their perspective. This doesn't change truth, but it might change the pace they learn it or the angle from which they appoach it. Trying too hard to get someone to agree with your point of view puts the focus on you more than the focus being placed on God. Know when to release.

Be paitent when people do not see things the same way you do. It is ok. It doesn't mean they are on the fast track to hell. It doesn't mean you have to use every ounce of spiritual muscle or mouth muscle you have to push, poke, prod, or press them into your way of thinking. You are not the judge. You will be judged on your part, so do your part, but only do your part. Present truth in the love of which truth origniates. Be bold and confident, but also be gentle, kind, and patient. Humility will be the key to you being hearable and believable. Arrogance and force will get you switched off quick and in a hurry. After you've presented truth, leave it alone and let the Holy Spirit of God do HIS work. If they choose to hear or not, is between them and God. In the meantime, it allows the Holy Spirit to work in you. Isn't it possible that you didn't have it all exactly right either?

When in relationship with others, when you have a different view, opinion, or reason, share it, but let it go. Why be argumentative? Trying to be the judge in the lives of those around you will eliminate you from having any real influence as a friend. They already have a judge. Don't worry about proving yourself right in their eyes. Focus on being right in the eyes of God. Don't forget. HE's your judge.

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