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  • Betty A. Burnett

Who is a Certified Judge?

Updated: Jun 6

Don’t Judge Another Man’s Servant!

I was finishing up in the bathroom when this came to me “Don’t Go Around Judging Another Man’ Servant” I quickly left the bathroom and jotted down what I heard.

I had to process what was said, and after considering that a message would materialize from the topic, I had a discussion with my teacher for further insight, and the Lord used him to help me with the message.

This is what I learned in addition to what I knew. No one has the right to judge the quality of another man’s servant. Why? Because he belongs to another man. You cannot tell someone else how to serve the Lord. There are two sides of every coin- we cannot and we can. You read what we cannot do, now let’s see what we can do according to the Word of God.

Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand (Romans 14:4). That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

After I preached my initial sermon in 2002, someone criticized the way I preached. How do you think I felt, especially since it was my first time- crushed! The Spirit showed what to do and it was none of their business as to how I delivered the message.

Example of someone telling someone else how they would do something

While a man was putting stacks of hay in the barn, a friend came along and said; “Hey, you’re doing that wrong” Then the farmer came up and said to the worker’s friend and said; “This is the way I told him to do it” The only person who could judge whether he was doing it right or wrong would be the farmer.

When we can judge

Jesus commended the church at Ephesus: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not and have found them liars (Revelation 2:2).

I believe there could have been a prophet in the church that the Spirit revealed to him/her and they warned the church about the false apostles. Jesus commended the church prior to correcting them for leaving their first love.

Remember this, we cannot judge the quality of another person’s work, but we can judge their character. This means if they are running their race lawfully. Example: One can have the call of a pastor, but he is not using his position lawfully. Being in the wrong lane is unlawful.

Example: When pastors have anniversaries, they get gifts and money. This is lauding over the members. Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you but being examples to the flock (1 Peter 5:3).

Actually, that is taking advantage of the people. Some use a scripture from the Old Testament about how the widow fed Elijah (1 Kings, chapter 17). They say the members should take care of the man of God. Didn’t the Word say that they should not be greedy? Not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous (1 Timothy 3:3).

Some of these leaders have not become living sacrifices, holy acceptable unto the Lord (Romans 12:1-2). They are still conformed to the things of the world.

Leaders are not called to be served; they are called to serve. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant (Matthew 20:25-26). 

Betty A. Burnett ~

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