Judgmental Eyes Should Not Stop us from Living Godly Lives
October 2, 2012
I don’t know anyone who likes to feel the eyes of judgment staring down at them. There is nobody I know who just enjoys putting themselves in a position where people judge their life, their actions, or even their motives.
In fact, I often hear people saying things like, “don’t judge me!” or “this is my business, don’t you worry about it.”
There is an account in the Bible about a woman who didn’t let that bother her though. Check it out in Luke 7:36-40, 44-48.
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”… 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
This woman was completely aware of her lifestyle decision. She knew by walking into this gathering she would meet judgmental eyes. She knew people would talk, spread rumors, whisper, lie, or do anything else to make her look bad.
She didn’t care.
All she care about was washing Jesus’ feet. All she wanted to do was to serve and worship the man she knew could make a difference in her life.
This is the kind of abandonment of ourselves to which Christ calls us. If we stopped worrying about what other people thought and stopped letting them rule our actions.
Sometimes people will spread lies about us. Other times they will take what we have done and make it seem bad in some way. We live in a world that values darkness. When we begin to live in the light, the world does not like it and the dark will do what it can to squelch the light.
We cannot let the perceptions of others stop us from living the life God has called us to live. Just like the woman who washed Jesus’ feet, we must worship Him, no matter who is around. Jesus forgave the woman for her sins and spoke highly of her to those around.
When we live according to what God tells us, we will be blessed, and that is worth all of the trash people may say about us in the mean time.