posted on August 10, 2014 00:13
1 Corinthians 11:31-32 — For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Again, I come back to “Christianity is so simple.” How often we hear, “Don’t judge me.” Many people don’t want to be judged, and certainly, not by themselves. Yet, the scripture above specifically tells us what happens when we judge ourselves. Not condemned!
Verse 32 tells us Who is really at work doing the judging. When we are His, it is God, the Holy Spirit, our Advocate on the inside, who is actually chastening us. Is there some way, some rule, some standard, to use to know how we are to go about judging ourselves? Use this:
Does whatever I’m doing, or considering doing, glorify God? Does it honor God? It is pleasing in His sight? We should ask ourselves that question about everything that we’re doing in life. When we do that, we’re judging ourselves. We find what honors God by reading His word, by talking with Him (praying), by heeding the advice of Godly people around us, and by getting His specific plan for our lives from Him (the personal relationship), and acting upon it.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 — All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Scripture is given to us for correction and understanding. It is given so we can know His standards, expectations and desires. The results of judging ourselves are that we both desire and actually do what is pleasing in His sight. The outcome is also expressed in scripture:
1 John 3:22 — And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
I want that! Please chasten me now, Lord, so that I am equipped and ready to do the things that you direct, in the time and the way and the manner that You specify. This week, embrace His changes in your life. Judge yourself in order to be “furnished”, to be pleasing in His sight, so you can ask. Someone else’s spiritual life depends upon it.