Who is evaluating you?

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.[1]  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.

[1] I’m not saying that all assessors act in this way, just that for various reasons it can feel like that.

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3 thoughts on “Who is evaluating you?

  1. ” 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.”

    how do Christians, who all claim to belong to Jesus and have received the Holy Spirit, come up with entirely contradictory claims when they make claims that they hear, know and do as this god says, if what you say is true?

    Every Christian claims the one getting the real message and judges that everyone else has it wrong. How can one tell who might have the right message, if any? Who gets the free pass from being evaluated?

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  2. Hi -this article is really there as an encouragement for people who experience judgementalism from others. and, as I mentioned, for people experiencing the hardness of assessment processes such as asylum, welfare claims etc.

    Re your questions

    1. The main article that this is linked to looks at how we know what the Holy Spirit says because it is revealed through Scripture. This is a common, objective source of God’s revelation available to all.

    2. Discernment as a group of people often involves debate, discussion, challenging and learning from each other. It doesn’t mean that Christians are infallible and will get everything right. Now discussion and debate will involve pointing out where we believe someone is wrong and why -but in terms of identity, value and assurance of eternal life – that security comes not from whether I get certain decisions or arguments right (just as it doesn’t come for the teenager based on how their exam results go). It comes from knowing Jesus, having your sins forgiven through his death on the Cross, knowing the presence of the holy spirit in your life and having the hope that looks forward to the day when Jesus will come back

    3. You’ll find a more detailed look at how we can know what God is saying, receive guidance etc in the pdf book “How do you know?” available from our resources page.

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