“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
Written by: James Rogers
No one looks more ridiculous than a Christian who looks down on his neighbor, friend, or family member. This is especially true when we judge people who have not accepted our “Christian worldview.” It all comes down to feeling superior to another person, which is vanity. I know this all too well because I have judged other people; I’ve beaten my chest and said: “Well, at least I don’t do what he did.” How dare I judge someone else when I am so prone to moral failure? This is hypocrisy.
The way to overcome this form of arrogance is to have an accurate opinion of one’s self. I need to be reminded of my lowly position in the Kingdom of God. No matter how good I am (currently), the Bible teaches that I was once dead in my transgressions, and bigger than that, I had very little to do with my salvation. I am not good because of my goodness. If I am better than I once was, it is only by the power of God who has saved me from myself.
Thought of the day: We must leave the throne of our micro-kingdoms. We are not the judge. We are not the prosecutor. God has given freely to us so that we can turn and freely give grace to others. Now this doesn’t mean that we ignore reality and it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to help people when they’re struggling, but if arrogance and pride enter the equation, we’re out of line and worthy of ridicule.
Prayer: Jesus, help me maintain an accurate view of myself as a child of God saved by grace. Help me not to judge my neighbor. Help me to see others like you see us and in that use me to accomplish Your purposes in this crazy world. May You receive all the glory. Amen!