In John 7:24 Jesus says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”
We assume that Jesus wants us to look beyond people’s physical attributes to their inner person. However, that is not the context of Jesus’ statement. Jesus’ remark comes while discussing God’s Law with His critics. The Pharisees had decided that infant circumcision on the Sabbath was acceptable, but Christ’s healings on the Sabbath were unacceptable. Decisions have “appearances.”
We all make decisions based upon their outward appearance. The choices we make—buying cars, houses and clothes—all have roots in “appearances.” Even our careers, political choices and religious affiliations are attached to “appearances,” which are our worldly views.
As followers of Christ how things appear in the world should not be the standard by which we reach decisions. The Pharisees decision to allow circumcision but reject Christ’s healing was unacceptable to Jesus because the Pharisees were basing their decision on monetary gains, not on furthering Christ’s kingdom on earth.
Jesus points us beyond the earthly perspective to God’s outlook. God’s view incorporates His entire eternal plan of salvation. If we are to “make a right judgment” (John 7:24), then our decision must align with the work and character of Christ.
Jesus calls His disciples to make choices based on God’s heavenly perspective, which He gives to us through the Holy Spirit. Only through the Holy Spirit are we able to make a “right judgment” and base our decisions in God.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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