Have you ever sat on a bench in the mall and watched the multitude around you? You know? The gaggle of teenage girls after gawking at a couple of strutting boys. The power walkers who smile after every turn around the bend. The small family of four who laugh uproariously while they eat their Chinese lunch with bags of new purchases at their feet.
Then your eyes drift across the mall. Things aren’t quite as cheerful as they seem. You see a girl, sitting at a table, alone, wiping her eyes. A mall worker grabs at his back and glances at his watch as he pushes his cart across the tile. A toddler screams in his stroller while his mother texts on her cellphone. Through your eyes, you see a mistreated friend, an injured worker, and abandoned child.
But what is truly happening across the room? Do you really know?
John 7:24 (NKJV) “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
What does that mean? Righteous judgment? Since there is only one righteous standard and that is God, we can find it through Him.
Deuteronomy 32:4 (NKJV) “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”
Truth. How do we discover the truth?
Well, let’s see… For the girl at the table, why is she really crying? For the mall worker, why is he hurting in the first place? For the mother, who is she texting? Lots of questions to which only God knows the answers at the moment. Unless you take the time to find out the truth of the situation, a righteous judgment is elusive. Appearances only tell part of the story.
So, if you don’t have the time to search for answers and you need to make a judgment call, remember what God says in John 7:24. Wonder how? I simply ask this question.
What would Jesus do?
See everything through His eyes, not your own. You may be surprised how your perspective changes.