There can only be One.
We may think that there are more, we may even deceive ourselves that we are it.
But what the world screams the loudest is usually fueled by the enemy, the one who tries to counterfeit the Original, isn’t it?
At the center of humanity’s inability to get along is the lie that we know best. That we are capable of knowing what is best for other people, how they should live, whether they should have a certain job or not, whether they should be a part of the in group or left to the outskirts.
In these ways, and so many more, we judge one another.
But not only do we judge one another on what we think is best for each other, we judge them on what they have done wrong, as if we have never failed or sinned ourselves.
Humanity was never designed to be its own judge.
That role belongs to the Only One who is capable of administering it.
The Only One who has not fallen or sinned or made an error of any kind.
The Only One who was, and is, and ever will be the best for that position.
The Only One who is perfectly suited to judge, because He is perfect.
And He created the system of right and wrong, simply through being Himself.
Not only is He perfect, He is loving, kind, merciful…and eternal.
He is beyond time, this Judge, and so is not swayed by the urgency we have to resolved things in the here and right now.
He is also patient, and with the best purpose behind being so…
God does not want any to perish, and as such, has postponed His judgment until Jesus returns, because Jesus paid the price which allows God to pass over us until that time to come arrives.
When we try to judge one another, we hurt Him.
When we refuse to forgive, and lay down our offenses, we hurt ourselves, the Ones He loves, and muddle up our relationships with those He loves.
And when we judge, withhold forgiveness and hurt those around us?
We join Pilate on the Judgment seat.
We were never meant to judge one another. God allowed the Israelites to have kings, and governments, full well knowing that it would entangle humanity into the judgment debate…where before it had only been God’s way, with God as judge. He knew the enemy wanted this, to turn us against one another.
But God wasn’t surprised, not unprepared for the cost to come to restore proper balance.
Here’s the clincher.
There is Only One judge.
I am not talking about someone judging your work to be substandard because you didn’t put in your best effort kind of judgment here.
I am talking judging over those He created, judging their hearts, their decisions and motives.
Just as Jet Li had to battle his evil duplicate in the classic sci-fi movie “The One”, we have to wrestle down the enemy duplicate of who we are meant to be.
God made each of us uniquely,. and we reflect Him in our only One-ness.
It is time to kick the fake you image the enemy is prompting your flesh to put on back to the pit where it was made for.
In order to be His hands to the world, our focus is to leave His fingerprints behind, no one else’s.
That means when you are tempted to judge someone over their situation, you ask God how to pray and love up on them instead.
This means we take a good hard long look in the mirrored windows of our own homes before throwing stones at the glass houses of others.
It means we deal with our hearts, decisions and motives on our knees before the Only One qualified to judge us, versus placing blame and deflecting through our judgment.
I soooo get this isn’t a nice soft word today…the mirror in front of me is screaming for me to get clean again.
I am so thankful I can ask Jesus to clean me and make me anew every evening, and every morning, because of what He did for us all on the cross, because He alone has the power to resurrect the dead & restore the broken, and Only he was ever meant to judge us.
I am so thankful His grip will not let go of me, until less of me and more of He is what the world will see.