Friday, September 24, 2010

How Jesus Sees It - September 24, 2010

Luke 18:9-14 (New International Version)
9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:

10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Romans 14:10-13 (New Century Version)
10 So why do you judge your brothers or sisters in Christ? And why do you think you are better than they are? We will all stand before God to be judged, 11 because it is written in the Scriptures:

" 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
'Everyone will bow before me;
everyone will say that I am God.' " — Isaiah 45:23
12 So each of us will have to answer to God.

13 For that reason we should stop judging each other. We must make up our minds not to do anything that will make another Christian sin.

We can easily fall into that trap were we start seeing oursleves in comparison to others around us, those who are believers and those who are not. When we do, it becomes easy for us to make judgments that we shouldn't be making.

How often have we considered a person in our church that was vying for that spot we wanted in leadership, only to think that they were not as qualified as us? Or, how often do we see people from other churches and wonder "are they really saved"? And when we see someone that seems a bit too worldly, do we look at them with compassion, or do we look at them in disgust because they don't believe as we do, or behave as we do?

What we should be doing is seeing ourselves before God as we are, fallen and fallible people saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. We need to come before our God humbly and helplessly in want of His mercy. What impacts me the most about the example Jesus set for us is how he approached everything with humility. Here was God and Creator of the universe, and yet he chose to clothe himself in human flesh and spend his life as a servant to others.

If we are to call ourselves Christains, followers of Christ, we need to be sure that we clearly follow His example of the greatest and highest good, that of the humble servant. As we are told above, we will someday sit in judgement for what we have done in these earthly bodies. No, not to be judged as to whether or not we will saved, but we will be judged for what we did in humble service to Jesus. So when we see other people, we need to be sure that we see them through the eyes of Jesus. and see everyone as he does.

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