“Jesus looked up in the tree and said, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’
So he hurried and came down, and received Jesus joyfully. When the people saw it, they all indignantly complained, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is devoted to sin’ “ (Luke 19:5-7).
Judge everyone. I’m serious. Judge everybody you meet. Look intently at each person’s heart and mind, and judge with God how much love, grace, hope, healing, kindness, encouragement, patience, wisdom, honor, and blessing are needed for this soul to become all God is showing you he or she is capable of. Judge cities and nations the same way, occupying them with his presence, instead of condemning them to the enemy.
Your influence as a believer is zero when you condemn someone or something. In fact, you do the work of the accuser when you agree with his judgements, because you’re abandoning that person or place, leaving it for anything and everything to occupy it. When you curse someone, you carry that judgment in you. It spreads like a virus in your soul, and you often end up becoming diseased with your own version of the judgments you declared about someone else.
Live in blessing. Blessing isn’t agreeing with all the choices someone has made, but it is equipping them to make better ones, and empowering them to become who God shows you they really are. To bless is to joyfully invite God to pour out his grace and love without measure, and to treat people and places as though they’re already living in it. Begin every day by blessing yourself.
“Zacchaeus stood up and said, ‘Lord, here and now I give half my possessions to the poor, and if I’ve cheated anyone out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’
Jesus responded, ‘Salvation has come to this house today . . . this is why the Son of Man has come—to seek and save all that’s been lost’“ (Luke 19:8-10).