The initial concept of Eden was complete beauty and peace. We would live in harmony, and we would live with love for one another, looking out for each other. And we would all want to help each other.
But what we live in right now isn’t paradise. We live in a judgmental society. When sin came into the world, judgment flooded right in with it. We saw it with Adam and Eve. She told me to do it. I’m sure there was an argument right outside the garden, as soon as they were kicked out. And then we saw it with Cain and Abel. One judged the other for being loved more by God, and killed him.
Judgment entered the world when sin entered the world, and that’s why Jesus says, Hey. Don’t judge people. You have no idea what is going on in their lives. Besides, you are one choice and one decision away from being just as bad as you think they are.
Jesus says, “Don’t judge,” but we do it a lot. We look at our spouses, and we say, “When are they ever going to change?” Or you look at your mom and dad, and you throw your hands in the air, saying, “They’re never going to change. They’ve always done this, my entire life.” Or you look at friends, or employees, or co-workers, and you find yourself saying, “Man! This guy just doesn’t get it. Isn’t he ever going to change? It just seems like he’s constantly doing the same thing, over and over again.”
Well, the answer is no. He will never change. And she will never change. You need to realize that you will never change. The only way that you can change is by accessing what needs to be flowing through you, and that’s Jesus.
When people access Jesus, they start to change. When they accept who the Creator is, then they understand what He stands for, which is everything good. The Bible says nothing from heaven is evil. Everything that comes from heaven is good. So if you have Jesus in you, then you will change. Then you will have goodness in you.
But in your initial flesh, you will not change. You’re a copper pipe, remember? You’re a hot water pipe, and Jesus is the hot water.
This word picture of the copper pipe is amazing. It has helped me look at people in a different, non-judgmental way. Maybe I think I don’t like someone, or maybe I feel like I don’t like their attitude. Or maybe I get around people who give me a feeling like they’re always negative, and it irritates me. But the reality of it is that every single day I’m one decision away from being that negative person. I’m one negative comment away from being that guy who seems like he’s always negative.
And so in the wake of the copper pipe lesson, I look at everything with new eyes. I look at my teammates, and I look at my wife and my children and I look at all the people around me, and it’s so much easier to not judge them. I do my best to not judge them, because I’m exactly like them! We’re all copper pipes. We’ll never change.
But I choose my time to turn on the hot water. That choice is really powerful, because it lets Jesus run through me, and Jesus allows us to react positively to everyone, even to those who we think are not like us. More on that next time. See you Saturday.