Scripture: Luke 6:37-7:10
Per Jesus’s own words, we cannot pick, choose, and decide how someone has grown as a person in their spiritual walk. We as human beings cannot ascertain that for someone else.
We do not get to judge!
Our relationship with Jesus should be one akin to holding hands with Him rather than reducing him to a step-by-step process.
When it comes down to it, there is no hierarchy in the church. We cannot judge someone else’s growth. Our job is to create and hold space for individuals to be able to do that for themselves.
We should not assume anything about what is going on in someone else’s life. The only persona we are called to judge is ourselves. The Holy Spirit came to help us with that.
In the story of the faithful centurion, the man in question–though everyone affirmed and respected him for all the good work he had done for the people of Israel–judged himself unworthy to even approach Jesus with his request, much less receive Him in his home. Others proclaimed: “This man deserves respect…” (Luke 7:4) but the centurion insisted “I am not worthy” (7:6-7).
Contrary to what we might expect, Jesus did not naysay the centurion’s judgement of himself but, instead, affirmed his faith, telling the assembled, “I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
The centurion seemed to intimately understand the Scripture “do not think of yourself more highly than you ought (Rom. 12:3)”. We are told to judge ourselves, honestly and deeply, to see where are growing and where we are still journeying.