Who are you?
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4
Have you ever done this? Criticized or condemned others because they do things differently than you do? What about other believers? Do you ever look down on those who would not have the same convictions that you have? Today’s passage talks about those who are weak in faith. We could call them baby Christians. It doesn’t matter how long you have been a follower of Jesus, you could still be a baby and many still are. You can identify them quickly because they are not content and are constantly complaining about the way others conduct themselves. Those who are easily offended by others simply because they do thing differently. Different is not wrong, it is just different.
The same can be true of believers that have spent a lifetime trusting God and walking by faith, yet when they see a new believer who hasn’t yet become strong in a certain area, they feel the need to harshly correct them instead of love unconditionally.
There is a perfect example of this type of behavior in the life of Jesus. In Matthew 23, Jesus has a “discussion” with the religious leaders of His day. They were so focused on the rules that had been established like praying long and loud so everyone could notice them and cleaning dishes before they ate from them. Jesus said in verse 23 that they neglected the important things like justice, mercy and faith. It was all about how others obeyed their rules, not about their faith in God and mercy toward other.
Today’s key verse asks the question: Who are you to judge another’s servant? All other believers belong to God and we do not have permission to judge them. We can look back at chapter 13 of Romans and see that we do not own any man to correct them, only to love them. (see vs. 8) God, our Heavenly Father, is the one who helps them to stand, not our correction.
Today I want to encourage you to love others unconditionally. Pay attention to the intent of your heart when you see others miss it or are just doing things differently. Purpose to show them the love of God right where they are. You do not have to fix people, that is the job of the Holy Spirit. Instead, pray for them as they grow through life. This should be a great load of care lifted and new freedom found. Those people who rub you the wrong way because they are not doing things exactly perfect, you can just love them right where they are.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 14:1-4