Are you judging, instead of helping? (From my "God, for Sinners" Devotional Series)

Something God told me this morning: “Don’t be so busy judging others that you fail to help them.”

Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Re: God introduced a young woman into my life that isn’t the typical type of woman I’d associate with. In fact, the young lady reminded me of some of the people I had come in contact with during my time in the world. I remember thinking to myself upon introduction, O.K. this girl and I have nothing in common so I won’t be hanging with her…in fact, I’ll be honest, I called her “ratchet” in my mind and wrote her off.
A few weeks later, I ran into the girl again and we chatted a bit. I learned the young woman was actually quite intelligent, she had goals, dreams, etc. she’d just had a really tough life and no one to help her understand Christ loved her and she was valuable and could be made whole (in Him). So I thought, okay God, maybe I’ll give it a try. Not long after, the young woman got involved with some old influences (and new one) and the behaviors I’d seen initially returned. The things she’d talk about were all things the old me would revel in, but who I am today, would not…could not. So, I distanced myself, yet again, and this time I didn’t bother to change my opinion. Based on some statements she’ made about a good friend of hers who was trying to help her (and how she “wasn’t changing for nobody”) I figured she was a lost cause and moved on with my life.
I’d hear things about the girl and shake my head in judgment (as if my sins were any less offensive to God) and reiterate why I didn’t develop a friendship with her using whatever I’d just learned as justification – but it was nothing but condemnation and I have no right to condemn anyone….especially turning up my nose to the very people Christ would have witnessed to and died for!
 “The Spirit of God, the Master, is on Me [Christ] because God anointed Me. He sent Me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1

So this morning in my devotion time, God started to speak and explain some things ….why I had been enduring some things that I did not understand. In the process, He touched on some of the places He’s moved us and the people we have come in contact with – along with the reasons why. He showed me all the people whom He put in my path to plant a seed for Him that another brother or sister in Christ would later water and His Holy Spirit would grow to maturity. Out of all the people God had brought across my path, this particular young woman stood out in my head…she was one of those people I was to plant a seed within, but I’d gotten so wrapped up in my pain and “self-righteousness” that I couldn’t see this young woman as the child of God she is. Instead…all I saw was her sin. How ignorant and arrogant of me? As a result I’ve missed NUMEROUS opportunities to share the good news of Christ with this young woman and testify to the truth of how He totally transformed my life! As I type this…I realize, even now, it’s not too late.
The most surprising thing in all this, I didn’t even realize I had developed this attitude/mindset against this woman. I grew up in the hood, finances were always strained in the home, when I was in my early 20’s/late teens I was totally “ratchet” and went out of my way to be “hood”, so it wasn’t a case of classism. I pre-judged her desire to know God and willingness to accept Him before even giving her the opportunity to hear of His love, mercy and grace. I’d done to her what people had done to me: I pre-judged this girl, held her trial, condemned her to death, had the funeral, and buried the casket in hell. I, in essence, had allowed myself to take the place of God when it came to this woman and refused to even associate with her; because, I assumed (through my erroneous judgment based on EXTREMELY LIMITED KNOWLEDGE/OPINIONS) that she was not fit for God. Ohhh, the number of people who have told me I was not/am not fit for God and how angry it made me! How could I ever do that to someone else?
It’s so amazing how we can become self-righteous and indignant within ourselves when it comes to looking at what someone else is doing. In fact, someone is reading this right now judging me for this (though I have repented and received God’s forgiveness and I now write to you that you may also be free) instead of looking within themselves to see what God may be saying to them through this message! There’s a reason you’re reading this, you know? And it’s not just because you clicked the link, or saw a status…you saw this because God meant for you to see it. Ask Him, why?
I thank God so much for making this clear to me today that I might repent and share the word with my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ. We are called to a great commission and on the surface some of those God tells us to witness too may seem like they have NO interest in what you have to say about God. They may live lives that are totally against God, they might not even acknowledge Him as real, or true, or the Only – but that is neither here nor there as far as we are concerned. We are to share His truth with ALL PEOPLE…and the worse you think the sinner may be (key words you think, all sin is equally abominable before our Holy Father) the MORE we should desire and be willing to witness to them! Afterall, isn’t that why Christ came …
 “God looked out from his high holy place; from heaven he surveyed the earth. He listened to the groans of the doomed, he opened the doors of their death cells.” Psalm 102:19-20 (MSG)

“God frees prisoners—He gives sight to the blind, He lifts up the fallen.” Psalm 146:9 (MSG)

God came for all of us, therefore we are called to witness to ALL PEOPLE. We’re all so deep in sin that we need Him and without Him we can’t come into the light. We do NOT have the liberty or authority to choose whom we’ll share the gospel with, and we do NOT have the authority and/or liberty to judge and condemn. It’s not like we are sinless…even as children of God. And imagine, what if God had looked at you and judged without sharing His truth? Jesus went so far to save us that He gave His LIFE for people who treated Him as an enemy! How far are you willing to go for your fellow man (regardless how they act or treat you)….better yet, how far are you willing to go for Christ? Selah.
Remember 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (MSG)

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