Judging the radical

There is someone I regularly pass judgment upon. I try not to. But he has a way of deflating my perceived piety because whenever I am around him, I feel myself judging him. He just doesn’t fit into my spiritual box.

Nearly every time I see him, God teaches me the same lesson: “Stop judging, my child.” And I am convicted once again.

Spirituality isn’t confined to what I think it should look like. And when I’m not so busy being full of myself and how I am doing spirituality perfectly, then I see how God displays His attributes differently in different people. So how can I put His personality in a box?

And I think of the people in the Bible who more focused on God than on themselves. They had to do some pretty radical things: leading an entire people group out of slavery, taking messages of judgment to God’s people, marrying a prostitute, living a wild desert life, and giving up normality to have a child out of wedlock…a child conceived by the Holy Spirit.

So how can I say that I know what a relationship with God looks like for every person? He doesn’t give us all of the same callings or the same giftings. And I am thankful that not everyone is as closed-minded as I am about following God radically.

2 thoughts on “Judging the radical

  1. Amen! I think this sort of thing so often about different people. It is good to know that God calls many different sorts of people, and that I do not know the breadth and the depth of his calling.

    1. Yes, and often spirituality is not what we expect it to be. Think of all of the people who probably judged Isaiah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, etc. I need to stop limiting God. 🙂

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