4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? - Romans 14:4a ISV
The Scriptures caution us over and over to watch out so that we will not be deceived. We should pray for discernment, so that we are not swept away by every new and foolish doctrine that comes along. But we also need to be careful that in our discerning, we don’t give in to a habit of criticism and judgment. It is very easy for our righteousness to turn into self-righteousness. If God had wanted one person to corner the market on all of His truth, our New Testament would contain only one book. The Scriptures and the truths that they present to us never change. but, thank God, that as we mature, our perception of the Scriptures does change. As we follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and meditate on God’s word, He opens up new meanings for us. We must be very sure that our discernment is not clouded by our flesh but that it is guided by the Holy Spirit. God made each of us different in many ways, then He did a wonderful, amazing thing — He died on a cross so that we all could become like Him.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
God is waiting to show you the way.
Read 2 Timothy 5: 6-25. (We will focus on vv 21-25)
21 I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone. 22 Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader. Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23 Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often 24 Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.—2 Timothy 5:21-25 (NLT)
Paul has left Timothy in charge of the Church at Ephesus. He is writing these letters to encourage Timothy in how to deal with doctrinal errors and practical problems in the church there. He is also telling Timothy how to deal with pastoral responsibilities and the qualities that church leaders should have in their positions of responsibility. These instructions are just as pertinent and important today as they were when Paul wrote the letters. When working with others in any field, but particularly in God’s work, we need to pray for discernment in selecting and supporting the ones God has chosen.