Jesus saw judging others as a major energy leak. He stated many times that he did not come to judge but that he came to help. He did not spend one minute on the demolition crew. He spent his energy on creation and restoration. Judging others was not his job. He said, “I do not judge you. Your own words judge you” (John 5:45). He knew our accountability. He trusted each of us with our choices [Jesus will come as the Judge. Yes, Jesus doesn’t say absolutely don’t judge, but to judge rightly. He rightly judged the teachers of the Law and Pharisees. Most of our judgement, however, is wrong judgment: destructive and self-centered. Here we are talking about the negative, wrong judgment].
Judgment halts progress. When we as leaders judge others, we inhibit our own forward motion. Also, when we judge others, we are not doing our job because we are not in sync with the purpose that moves us forward. Sometimes we judge others in ways we are unaware of, such as looking to see where they are in the race.
Jesus said to Peter, “What business is it of yours what I say to John?” (see John 21:21-22). Keep your eyes on your own forward motion.
He judged no one because he knew the final count was not in yet. Even the thief nailed on the cross beside him made it into Paradise because, with his dying breath, he acknowledged and saw the truth. Jesus said, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (see Luke 23:40-43). Jesus did not waste his time or energy judging others.
What kinds of things can you do to support instead of a judge?
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.