Never did I think I would be in the position of judging people, because when I first got saved, I was all about getting unbelievers to Christ. But since my relationship with Abba started growing, I found myself being super judgemental.
Each time I see someone, the first thought that comes to my mind is, “is she/he even saved?” “Do they have a relationship with God?” “Do they even know that God speaks?”
And because of this judgemental attitude, I started seeing myself as better than others, even when in reality, I’m not.
I had to learn this the hard way after I had a close friend of mine point out this character in me. Father had to use that experience to prune me and bring out the inner darkness.
At the same time, I’ve been learning humility which I feel is so important because I also realized that I’ve been dealing with self-pride.
What I’ve been learning is; no one truly knows Father, and because we have an intimate relationship with Him doesn’t make us better than others who aren’t as close to Him. Hence why judging is so irrelevant.
And one thing I have to remind myself during my stages of judging people is the sole fact that Father has no favourites! (Romans 2:11). So because I’m deep in my faith doesn’t make me better than others. He still loves me the exact same way He loves you.
One scripture He had to refer me to is the parable of the lost son, the lost sheep and the lost coin in Luke 15. In this parable, Jesus was teaching about how Father leaves to go find His lost sheep. He doesn’t just ignore the fact that He has a child that wandered away, instead, He goes hunting the child down until He/She is found. And the best part of it is, that there is more joy in Heaven over that lost sheep that has repented over the many others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away.
I had to come to this realization that I’m no longer a lost sheep, but instead, Father is more interested in the lost sheep than the many others who are at home with Him.
So how does judging relate to this?
Well if you think about it, if we keep judging people, we need to understand that God is just as interested in the lost people than he is with the righteous people. So because we are righteous doesn’t make us any better than others in God’s eyes.
Right now I’m in the wilderness and I feel like this period is teaching me a lot about my character. Father feels closer than ever in this period but also distant as well. It is sort of confusing, but I feel like it’s a season of pruning for me.
One thing that I’ve come to understand is that I was once a lost sheep and father came for me. I wasn’t as righteous and I wasn’t saved either. I still loved the worldly life and I thought being righteous wasn’t that great. But now that Father saved me, I have to always remember who I used to be in order to stop judging others. I have to remember that I was saved and it wasn’t by my power or good works, it was by his grace, and I can’t boast about it (Ephesians 2:8-9).
So when we judge people who aren’t saved, we always have to remember that we aren’t better than them and we shouldn’t feel special because He saved us. Instead, we should always remember that He wants to save others the same way He saved you. Because He has no favourites!
I suggest watching this video by Michael Todd: Grace For Them