By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? – Matthew 7:16
As Christians, we are abundantly aware of the fact that we are not to judge anyone. God is the ONLY judge of all. He has not given any Christian the authority to label anyone as a hopeless case. To be honest, God has not chosen to label anyone a hopeless cause, so… what makes us think we have the right to do so?
This passage of Scripture is not encouraging us to judge – we are told over and again that it’s not okay to judge, however, we are encouraged to discern. Discernment comes from God’s Holy Spirit. It’s that common sense that we take away from conversations and encounters with others. It’s not a bad thing!
Have you heard the old saying, “It takes one to know one” – ??? Well, in life, God wants to begin like-minded relationships. It’s part of the way He keeps us safe. We all know there is evil in the world, but if we are tuned in to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to help us be discerning in our choice of friends, we can have the iron-sharpening experience that God wants for us.
Don’t get me wrong – we are to pray for everyone. We are to help when possible. There are just times we need to use the precious gift of discernment when developing relationships in life. God wants to help us live the best life possible. Discernment is not the exclusion of others, but it is a part of tapping into God’s wisdom.
When we a ministry to be a part of, we have to be especially careful that we do not get caught up in false prophets or misleading of any sort. If we will pray as we seek avenues of ministry, God’s Holy Spirit will show us where our work will do the most good. He will not deny anyone an opportunity to work and witness. Even if it is not in a traditional sense, ministry opportunities will be shown to you if you ask God to reveal them to you. Trust God’s Holy Spirit to guide you to a place to share your faith. 🙂