The old adage, “Only God can judge me,” is extremely true, but often misunderstood. Many use it in self defense, to declare that it is their right to do whatever they want without having to answer to anybody. That is only the half-truth. It is indeed true that we do not have to answer to man, but every single one of us will have to answer to God. That alone should cause us to examine ourselves and align our lives rightly. The phrase, “Only God can judge me,” should cause us to tremble, because it is true. He will.
How does your life measure up?
In the end, it is not going to matter what everybody thinks of you. If the whole world applauded you, it would mean absolutely nothing if Jesus did not agree. You can be so great in the eyes of man, yet completely miss the mark in the eyes of God. It is wrong to anchor our lives on the praises (or criticisms) of man. The opinions of man change so often, because the nature of man is fickle. Not only is it exhausting, but it is also pointless to try and keep up.
We would be wise to find out instead what pleases Him, and align our lives, our thoughts, our actions and our hearts accordingly. We can fool everybody else but we cannot fool God. In that day, everything will be stripped away and what is true about us will be known. We waste so much of our lives trying to impress each other, but that is foolish vanity. We should be striving to please The Lord instead because His opinion about us is the only one that matters. Like I said before, we are all going to die, and we are all going to face our Creator. It is inescapable.
It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)
When we understand this rightly, everything changes. Not only will we be set free from the fear of man, but we will also radically redefine the pursuits of our lives. No longer will we measure our success by what man thinks, but by what God thinks.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? (Mark 8:36)
God is the only evaluator and one day we will have to stand before Him. We had better get it right.