How we see people, in reality, is through a critical set of eyes. When we look at people, we find fault, we see differences, we see flaws. That's the natural way that we are here on planet earth. It is from a place in our hearts, a place of radical brokenness that you and I will always be naturally critical, naturally fault finding and naturally judgemental of the people around us.
Jesus came as light into a dark world and everything that He spoke, countered the way that we naturally lived. We had a rhythm and a flow to life. We had a way to establish power and significance and Jesus turned it all upside down. To those who came into His presence and listened, Jesus spoke revolutionary, life changing, brilliant things! But He didn't just speak brilliant things to be admired, He spoke brilliant things that were to inspire brilliant living!
One of the things that Jesus said that changes how we live, as a community, as people, as a society, on planet earth is found in Matthew 7:1-5. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Let that sink in a little bit. There is a judgement coming for each one of us. "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." I'm just telling you, there is no such thing as a mean Christian. All they are, is a person going to hell, calling themselves a Christian! There is no such thing as a judgmental believer in Jesus Christ, they do not exist! If you're judgemental, you're not a believer in Christ, you're just deceived by satan more eloquently than the people who know they're lost!
You and I have got to stop being judgmental critical people. In John 3:17, the scripture tells us the fundamental attitude of God toward us and it is NOT critical first, "For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world." God's first revelation of Himself toward you is not "you worthless sinner," but your first sight of the heart of God is of His beloved son bleeding on a cross; loving in the most sacrificial way. That is His heart!
When we truly see Jesus, we see God shouting not only His infinite love for the world, but when we truly see Jesus, we see God shouting His love for us! We see our own value and our worth in a new way and then we see the worth of everyone else around us in a new way!
So here's the deal, we the people of Jesus, are people who have come into His light and acknowledge that there is something different about this man. He's brilliant, and we're not just going to listen to what He said and walk away the same. We're going to live brilliantly following His teaching, His person, His Spirit, through every conversation and through every relationship. We have to hear our call to be authentic and to be different, not to be perfect, but to be people who see life as Jesus saw it and to see people as Jesus saw them; because Jesus changes everything! -Dr. Drew Shofner