Assessing Others

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Paul had a proper way of looking at people. He regarded no one as just a common earthly being. This attitude contrasts greatly with how most people assess one another. Usually outward appearances and worldly categories are what count the most social status, physical capabilities, wealth, beauty, prestige. Worldly success!

Paul balked at these false standards. He knew that he himself failed to reach them. By his own admission he preached not with eloquence and poise but with simplicity and humility. He knew that his zeal for Christ, his imprisonments, and his refusal to toe the Jewish party line embarrassed some who thought leaders should be more distinguished and sophisticated.

This attitude mattered little to Paul because he regarded no one according to contemporary standards. More important to him than image, position, and class are matters of the heart. His words teach believers everywhere to assess people in depth. Weigh persons not by worldly accomplishments and failures, but by character and heart. Accept fellow believers. Look not upon the scars left by old sins but focus on a new creation washed clean by the blood of Christ.


Father, give us eyes to look at others as you do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.