The initial intention for Eden was complete beauty and peace. We would live in harmony and love for one another. We would look out for each other and 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 more loved 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’s 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, 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.”
When will that other guy change? You need to realize that you will never change, unless you access 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, because you will have goodness in you.
As a living human made of flesh and bone, you will not change. You’re just like a pipe in the kitchen plumbing, and once a pipe, always a pipe.
But you’re a hot water pipe, and Jesus is like hot water. Let Jesus flow through you, and He will change you. You’ll heat up! You’ll still be a man or a woman, but you’ll be a new creation in Him. (2 Cor. 5:17)
This word picture of the copper pipe is amazing to me. 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 seem 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 the person I’m judging.
And so I look at everything with new eyes. I look at my coworkers and friends, I look at my wife and children, and I look at all the people around me, and it’s so much easier now to love them without judging 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 to turn on the hot water. That choice is really powerful, because it lets Jesus run through me. Jesus allows me to react positively, even to people who are different than I am.
I will tell you more about that next time. See you Saturday.