Judgmental behaviour: The stamped ticket to satan’s abode – Part 2
Prophet Elijah as a case study
This great prophet of God, made a very judgmental statement at Mount Carmel, when he was in serious battle with King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. He was too sure of himself, when he said, he was the only remaining prophet of Jehovah God. This was said in 1 Kings 18:22 – “Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even, I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.”
This, he also repeated at Mount Horeb, in 1 Kings 19:10 and verse 14 that “I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” But God punctured his self-glorification statement in verse 18 that “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” Among these seven thousand people, were 100 prophets, hence, Elijah made a judgmental statement, which has also been the problem, to many of us, Christians.
To us, we feel that we are the best; that nobody has the capacity that we have; we have the biggest church in the world; our congregation is unprecedented in the history of the church; nobody has the kind of recognition that we have, all over the world; we are the most educated among the priests; it is our name that has given our church the name that it has today; and many more. When we do any of these, we frontally and tactically belittle the contributions of others, in the service to God.
Lessons to learn
Man is not the creator of himself and others, but found himself in the mould that he is, because of the grace of Jehovah God. Therefore, what he becomes today, was as a result of that mercy and grace and when these are withdrawn, man becomes irrelevant, in the sight of God.
In addition, we did not get to where we are today, by our own making or ingenuity, but through the grace given to us by God, through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, looking down on the contributions of others and their relevance, through judgmental behaviour, will bring us in direct confrontation with God, Who Himself is the One, that can testify to the level of our righteousness.
Also, judging others and bringing them low in the presence of other people, is ungodly and could stand against our looking forensically at our own ‘hidden’ iniquities. It is also imperative for us to know that, before the coming of Prophet Elijah, there had been popular Prophets like Moses, Joshua, Samuel and after him, we had Prophet Elisha, among others.
What God has called us to do, is to win souls for the kingdom of heaven and we cannot achieve this, if the people we are expected to assist in bringing them back to Christ, we deride them and maliciously condemn them, as if we ourselves are free from iniquities (Romans 3:10).
Therefore, each and every one of us, will only do whatsoever that God has given us the capacity and the capability to do, in our own generation and others, who will come after us. However, what we did, will be the basis of judging us, not by human, but by God. This was why the scripture says he who thinks that he stands, should take heed, lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). May God take away all forms of judgmental behaviour from us and may we never fall, from the righteous path, in Jesus name.
Remain permanently under God’s banner!
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