“I’ve been thinking of the judgment I will face in the future. What will determine the outcome? Will it be a tally of good things done minus the bad things, and the Lord determine which counts the most?
“No. The final determining factor will be my relationship with the Lord. And part of that will be seen in my attitude toward others. In fact, I am told that my judgment will be given according to how I have judged others. “For with what measure you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:2).
“Several years ago, Alfred Kolatch recounted an incident in the life of Babe Ruth that illustrates that there is more than one way to look at (judge) many situations.
“Babe Ruth had hit 714 home runs during his baseball career and was playing one of his last major league games. The aging star was playing for the Boston Braves against the Cincinnati Reds. But he was no longer as agile as he had once been. He fumbled the ball and threw badly, and in one inning alone, his errors were responsible for five Cincinnati runs.
“As the Babe walked off the field after the third out, booing and catcalls cascaded from the stands. Just then a young boy jumped over the railing onto the playing field. With tears streaking his cheeks, he threw his arms around the legs of his hero.
“Ruth didn’t hesitate. He picked the boy up, hugged him, and set him down on his feet with a playful pat on the head. Suddenly, the booing stopped. In fact, a hush fell over the entire park. In those brief moments, the crowd saw a different kind of hero: a man, who in spite of a dismal day on the field, could still care about a little boy.
“He was no longer being judged by his accomplishments – neither the past successes nor the present failure – but by a completely different standard. Suddenly it was not his works that mattered, but a relationship.
“Regardless of how many good deeds I have done, I still need to be a Christian and remain faithful to the Lord. (continued on p 3)
“Regardless of how many bad things I have done, I can obey the Lord and be forgiven. “That’s good news. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”’ 2 Corinthians 5:17
“And that can happen to others too! I need to remember that when I talk to and about others.”
Jerrie Barber Central Church of Christ Oct 22, 1987