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To Save The World

To Save The World

10 August 2009

Scripture:

47 If anyone hears me and doesn’t obey me, I am not his judge—for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. (John 12:47-48 NLT)

John 12 tells about the excitement in Jerusalem at Passover time as everyone heard the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life. The excitement led to the Triumphal Entry (John 12:17-18). Most people still didn’t believe in him (John 12:37). Many did believe but were afraid to say so because they feared the consequences (John 12:42-43).

Jesus declared that he had come to save the world and not to judge it. He said that it wasn’t his responsibility to judge who did or didn’t believe or obey, but simply to tell the truth, live the truth, and stay true to his purpose. The truth itself would judge.

It’s so easy to get caught up in whether other people agree or approve of what we do and say. It’s easy to get caught up in feeling as if I have to justify my words and actions to disapproving people. It’s easy to become defensive of myself or judgmental of others who don’t believe I’m right or who see and do things entirely differently from me. It’s easy to forget that if I focus on what I’m called to do, I’ll be less inclined to waste energy on what I’m not called to do!

I remember something my friend Rick Livingston said years ago… “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead.”

Be sure you’re right – in God’s eyes. Don’t worry about whether others are wrong. Don’t worry whether everyone agrees with you. Just be sure you’re staying true to what God has given you to do and say.

Prayer:

Father, thanks for the reminder this morning. It’s not an easy reminder, but it’s true and it’s important for me today. I have a job to do. It’s not to defend myself or to judge others, but just to do what you said to do. Give me the courage to stay true to your call.

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