Judgment and the Trinity
Jesus continues with a very clear statement in an undisputed part of John 8 about not judging. Notice that Jesus also states that if he did judge, he would be correct, because he doesn’t do anything unless the Father directs him. His judgment would be dead on, because his ability to obey the Father is dead on.
Think about it. Why is it wrong to judge others? Because we’re wrong. No matter how good you think you are, we all fall short (Romans 3:23). We all miss the mark. The closer we can get to following Jesus, the closer we come to not sinning, to not missing the mark.
Jesus doesn’t tell us to avoid making judgments, but to avoid comparing ourselves to others and passing God’s judgment on them. We will all be wrong in some degree. But we can serve others and appreciate others and do what Jesus did as we follow him. Our job is to move ourselves closer and closer to Jesus by modeling our life after his. He listened to the Father and did what the Father told him to do. We listen to Jesus, appreciate and serve others, and help them see Jesus because of the way we live. That’s our goal as a Follower of One.
Today, can we avoid comparison and rather find ways to model Jesus’ life among our coworkers? When we pray for, appreciate and serve our coworkers, customer, vendors and friends, we model the life of Jesus. Then, someone may ask you why you’re doing this. Make sure you give credit where credit is due. If Jesus saved you and called you to this life, then tell others what great things the Lord has done for you. Check out Mark 5:19 for a great statement by Jesus on how we tell others about him.
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