I wonder why “reality shows” have become so popular?
I’m sure there are many reasons – but I think, at least in part, it’s because we enjoy watching other people behave badly.
We humans love to compare ourselves with others. We love to feel like we’re “better” than someone else. Sometimes, I think we take a perverse pleasure in other people’s failures.
We measure our worth by the yardstick of someone else’s behavior – and we secretly applaud when they “come up short.”
We are a judgmental bunch…
Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” serves as a warning – to be careful what we think of others.
“As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove that I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time – before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.”
(1 Corinthians 4:3-5)
Paul is speaking to the church at Corinth. He is urging them to think of him, Peter, and Apollos as mere servants of Christ. Paul understood one of the great “reversals” of the Kingdom of God – to be the greatest, you have to be the least.
“But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” (Matthew 19:30)
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
It is tempting to judge people, especially fellow Christians. Unfortunately, it’s rather easy to evaluate whether or not they are “good” followers of Christ. It’s what we do to make ourselves feel or look better. But that is arrogance, pride. Only God knows a person’s heart – including our own – and He is the only One with the right to judge.
Paul left the judging up to God. He compared himself only with Jesus. He realized his sinfulness, and he understood his limitations. He was grateful to be a servant of the Most High, and did not waste time comparing himself to the standards of man.
Jesus was his yardstick…
We must do what God tells us to do in the Bible and through the Holy Spirit.
He will judge our hearts, and He will reward His servants.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you…why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” (Luke 6:37, 41)
"When in doubt, search God out!"