Many years ago while in college I was involved in the Baptist Student Ministry. During school breaks, several of us who wanted to become ministers participated in leading church revival services. Fortunately during one Christmas break I went to Colorado to preach in student-led services.
We college students went out with some church members to the slopes for inner tubing downhill one dark evening after the services. One young woman from the church took a special interest in me and we spent time together on the slopes. While walking back up to tube down the hill, she slipped and fell in the snow. Even though she was a church go-er, an ungracious word slipped from her lips. Looking up from the snow, she apologized to me for using that word, and “cussing in front of the preacher.” That was neither the first nor the last time I have heard such words.
“I don’t condemn you,” I said. “It doesn’t matter what I think of you. What matters is, what does God think of you?” It is not my role to condemn people for their habits. My opinion does not count.
What does count is, “What does God think?” What does God think of your life? The answer to that question can be found in God’s word. The Bible says that apart from Christ, we “were enemies in [our] minds because of [our] evil behavior.” (See Colossians 1:21). While we like to think of God as some sort of “Cosmic Grandpa” who overlooks our sin, the Bible says that we are actually enemies of God apart from Christ.
That sounds negative; but if we persist in the rebellion of sin, the result is punishment. The good news is found in Colossians 1:22: “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—”
No one will be compared to me at judgment. And I will not be compared to anyone else. We will be compared to the standard of Jesus Christ. It does not matter if I suppose I am better than someone else, or they think they are better than I am. All of us fall short of Christ’s perfect standard. However, by repenting of our rebellion and trusting in Christ’s sacrifice, we can be reconciled to God and declared blameless in His sight. You are not saved because you are the greatest person. You are only saved because you have trusted in the Greatest Savior who made the greatest sacrifice for you. How does your life measure up?