In Matt 7:2 we read an eternal law of God, “With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” God’s eternal law is that of retribution. By that I mean how you measure others, is how others will measure you. For instance, if you have been shrewd with others, others will be shrewd with you. If you refuse to forgive others, they will refuse to forgive you. The way you pay others, is the way others will pay you.
Romans 2:1 applies this law in a more definitive way. It says that if you criticize another of something, you will be found guilty of the very same thing. What is the reason that we are so quick to see the faults in others, and not ourselves? It is found in the quote from last week’s sermon, “The chief complaint we have about another person’s sin is actually a chief compliment to ourselves.” I think the mature Christian is always humble. The mature Christian says, “Yes, that sin can be found in me, as well as many others, if it were not for the grace of God. Therefore, what right do I have to judge.”
Jesus told us, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt 7:1). Who of us would stand before God and say, “Judge me as I have judge others?” Instead we ask God to judge us on the atonement of Jesus’ Cross.
When God decided to make man He said, “Let us make man in Our image,” (Gen 1:26). This means God gave man some of His own characteristics, characteristics that separated him from the animals, things like: The ability to think, to use language, solve complicated problems, the curiosity to discover, and He put eternity into the heart and mind of mankind. Then Adam sinned and the special fellowship we had with God was broken, and man was cast out from the presence of God. But man still bore God’s image, and therefore, man will never be complete until that fellowship is restored.
Today’s average Christian doesn’t seem to be making much progress toward restoring that lost fellowship. Today’s Christian is converted, joins the Church, and five years later he is right where he started, and ten years later he has fared no better. For a true seeker of God that will not do, for the testimony of a true seeker is, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God,’ (Ps 42:1-2). That is the testimony of a true seeker after God, and nothing is going to slow their progress.
Something has been lost in the churches, so they offer something shiny on the outside to pretend that there is something real on the inside. But you cannot fool a true seeker of God with this kind of thing, for they know better.
Here to restore what was lost,
Recently we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. We celebrate because His resurrection means death has no dominion over Him. And because He is risen from the grave, we too are to be risen with Him to seek those things above.
As followers of Christ are not some commands set before us? Yes! For the Bible, and the holy voices of the saints that have gone before us exhorts us to obey those commands, and live by them. The Scriptures say, “Seek first the Kingdom of God,” And also, “Set your affection on things above.” Doesn’t this mean we are to put off our old ways, forgive everybody in the world, and dedicate our time to Him?
It has been said, “Too often we give God only the tattered remnants of our time.” Think about it, if Jesus Christ had given us only the remnant of His time, we would all be on our way to the darkness below that knows no morning. Christ did not give us His tattered leftovers of His time. He gave us all the time He had. But some of us give Him only the leftovers of our money, and of our talents, and never give our time fully to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us His all. Because He gave us His all, we have what we have, and He now calls us to be “In this world like Him,” (1John 4:17).
Being a Mirror,