At the end of last Sunday’s sermon, we looked at these wonderful words.
“15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.”
This is tremendous good news. It tells us that when we belong to Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit, we are able to hear, know and do what God says. We are given spiritual discernment. It means that together as God’s people we can discern truth from error. It means that we can make wise, godly, Biblical decisions.
That’s one half of the good news.
The other half is this. We are not subject to evaluation or judgement if we belong to Christ. This is tremendous good news. We live in a society where people are constantly subject to evaluation and judgement.
Children sit SATs tests
Teachers get visited by Ofsted
Most of us have to complete annual work appraisals
Many people are subject to assessment to see if they qualify for benefits
A lot of people in our community are facing immigration and asylum decision.
So often, those evaluations feel as though they are conducted in a harsh and judgemental way. The feedback can be crushing. Added to the formal assessments that go on, it may be that you feel that people around you are constantly judging you. Do you fit in with a group, do you measure up to parent’s expectations? Are you fashionable enough, successful enough, popular enough. Those expectations create a huge weight of expectation
Now, of course, some kind of assessment for many of these things is necessary whether or not we agree with the current system/approach. But, these verses are good news because they put all those evaluations into perspective. I don’t find my value, meaning, purpose, security in the judgement of others.
The only evaluation that counts is God’s evaluation. That evaluation was made at Calvary. Jesus was judged in my place and bore the condemnation I deserve so that I am no longer condemned. Instead, I am declared righteous before God. He declares that he loves me that I belong to him, that I am his child. No-one can rob me of that evaluation and this is the assessment that will stay with me into eternity.
 I’m not saying that all assessors act in this way, just that for various reasons it can feel like that.