Ministers of Righteousness

Michael Beck

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” (Romans 2:1)

We become agitated with others when their problems are ones we still haven’t found answers for. The standard of the Pharisees was very high, for others. Jesus let His followers know that only when they addressed the log in their own eye would they see clearly enough to take the speck out of another’s eye.

The easiest thing in the world is condemning another for the wrong we see in them. Jesus could have done it; but He understood He had a different mission: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17) Where the religious establishment of His day could only pick up stones to execute judgment; He had arisen with healing in His wings.

We can see problems around us which frighten us. We see tendencies forming in our children and don’t know how to put a stop to them. You cannot save anyone; but you can find in Christ salvation from the same sins that others are struggling with. And when you do, you will be an ambassador of Christ, an instrument of His salvation, a minister of righteousness, and not a minister of condemnation.

“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:6)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.