Your relationship with Christ and others

Recently, I read a quote online that is worth sharing:

Where you are at in your relationship with Christ is where He has brought you.

It is your journey, not a standard for others.

I often see Christians sit in the seat of the scornful when they see someone who they feel doesn’t measure up to their standards. I am not saying all Christians do this, but I do see it often. If the other person is comitting a sin then God requires us to try to restore that person rather than talk about them and look on them with scorn.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 6:1

However, if the matter is not a sin but rather just a different standard, then we are not to judge that person.

Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4

Some people think they have higher standards than others and those who don’t have the same standards are lesser Christians. However, standards are not higher or lower – they are just different standards. Read Romans 14. There are things that are perfectly acceptable for one Christian but not for another. It is not our place to force our standards on others or to measure others’ spirituality by our standards.

Let’s remove ourselves from the seat of the scornful and remember that where we are is where God has brought us. God is conforming us all to the image of Christ. Some need more work than others. Some have been on that journey longer than others. Let us not judge God’s servants.

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One Response to “Your relationship with Christ and others”

  1. I am sharing the link to this in my blog. Good thoughts.

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