“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”
I am a modest man I do not consider myself literate enough to teach, minister or even advise. I still consider myself an infant in my walk with the Lord. I have had in my heart lately to sit down and write out my feelings towards my walk and journey through this infancy that I call my walk.
On a day that I thought was just another day to learn and further my knowledge as I went into the men's conference at GreenValley CC, something happened. A friend I have known for quite some time albeit we never really sat down shared stories but we each knew of one another in passing. I knew he was devoted, passionate, dedicated and extremely educated in our faith. However I on the other hand have never really proclaimed that walk to anyone let alone him. I keep to myself, I do what I think is right and what I know, and just carry on with my day.
I have not seen this man in some time and I have never seen this man in the Lord's sanctuary. I was overjoyed that I finally got to tell him that I was walking and have been for some time but on the other hand I was perplexed and kind of saddened that a man would assume or judge a book by its cover.
As I sat there, in a room full of God's warriors I find myself looking around the room looking at faces of all types. Clean shaven corporate looks, average Joe's, big burly tattooed bikers and many others. There is absolutely no way that anyone could or should judge a book by its cover. If I had never met any of these warriors before, you would never know where they stand in their life. There is never a reason to judge anyone based upon their looks and passing encounters, as you could be standing next to your brother in Christ and not know any different. That condemnation and thought of knowing that I judged someone without knowing them and judging completely wrong would make me weak in my knees and want to beg for mercy.
One of my favorite verses is:
"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
I Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
We need to put away those childish actions and ways and grow further and deeper into the Lord.