More than Meets the Eye by Pastor Debbie Kitterman
I wrote a social media post a few months ago during the summertime. Maybe you saw it? If not, no worries! I am going to share it below with the picture that was attached.
Working hard or hardly working? That is the question.
Many will see this picture and make a judgment or assumption that this person is hardly working. What a rough life – right? Amazing view and soaking up the sun. Can it get any better than that?
However, when we make judgments and assumptions without the full picture it can be dangerous and damaging. Not just to us but to the other person too. It opens the door to accusations, jealousy, pride, offense and more. This is not of God but the way the enemy slips through an open door.
In fact, God says to leave the judgements to Him. (1 Sam 16:7) He sees the heart, He sees the bigger picture; we do not.
Confession time. I’ve been this person. I’ve been the person to look at a picture or an image and pass judgement. I have been the person to see someone and make an assumption without getting the fuller picture, and I was wrong.
So what’s the fuller picture?
This is a picture of me working hard. Computer on my lap working, taking phone calls and meetings throughout the day. Yes, the view is amazing and the sun is out. I have a desk I usually work from most of the year, but it doesn’t have this view and the sun isn’t always out where I live. So when it is, I want to work outside. Also, truth be told, my desk is a mess! Not just a small mess, a huge one. It is piled high with stacks of papers, books and stuff. Plus, my office chair is filled with a box of stuff I need to go through.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “there is more than meets the eye?” This is a powerful truth, we need to understand. It’s also a kingdom principle!
It is important for us to understand there is often more going on behind the scenes or under the surface than we can see in the natural. We don’t know what a person is going through, where they have been or even how far they have already come. What we see is what is presented to us, which isn’t always the entire picture. Sometimes we pass judgements or make hasty decisions based on what we see or how a person makes us feel in the natural.
God addressed this issue with Samuel when he was sent to anoint the next king. In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel wrongly made a judgement about which one of Jesse’s sons should be the next king based on appearance and stature alone. Oh boy was he ever wrong!
Jesus talked about making judgements or passing judgement on others too.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5).
Today, our culture makes it easy and seem acceptable to criticize others or pass judgement against them. Over big and small things. Their house wasn’t clean enough, their kids weren’t well behaved, or they have a bad attitude. The truth of what Jesus said is that we have no business passing judgement on anyone, instead we should deal with ourselves.
The truth of the matter is, it is never ok to pass judgement on another. When we want to pass judgement, we need to stop and pray for the person instead and let God take care of them.
Father God, help us to not make judgements or assessments towards another person or their actions and forgive us for when we have. We repent of the attitudes in our heart and the thoughts in our mind. Amen.