Romans 14:4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Once common words that every employee dreaded to hear, these words have now been made famous by Donald Trump. Playing the boss man in the reality TV show “The Apprentice” (I can’t believe this show is still on the air), Donald fires a contestant each week. The plot goes like this: young business candidates, well now it is celebrities, compete in challenges each week to ultimately earn an internship position in one of Trump’s companies. At the end of each week, one contestant loses his or her chance to land the job. The bottom three contestants sit at a boardroom table, Trump points to one and boldly declares, “YOU’RE FIRED!”
Oh the power to hold someone’s future in your hands. Well, technically he only holds the power to their future in his company. Donald Trump doesn’t have the authority to fire someone else’s employee – just his own. Imagine if he did. He is out with his trophy wife (yeah I said it) eating dinner and the waiter brings him the wrong order. “You’re fired” he exclaims. He is at Nordstroms buying new shoes. He doesn’t like how they fit so he tells the salesperson, “you’re fired.” It’s a Trump firing rampage – look out! This is a ridiculous notion, isn’t it – firing someone else’s employee? I don’t think that would ever fly. I don’t think anyone should have that kind of power. Wait, didn’t our president fire the CEO of General Motors. How in the world… okay, I digress.
Getting to the point of today’s devotional. We are all servants of God. We work for Him. That’s what Paul is saying here. So who are we to go around judging someone else’s servant? How do we get to tell God how to run His organization and how to treat His employees? Quite simply, we don’t. God doesn’t ask us to go around pointing fingers and demanding that he deals with someone a certain way. It is not up to us to determine how someone gets treated; it is up to God. If He wants to rough them up, that’s His decision. If He wants to give them a hundred billion chances, that’s His decision too. (The latter is probably much more likely with God)
Our focus then, should not be how we think God ought to be dealing with others. Our focus ought not to be on putting someone else’s employees in their place. Our focus should be on our service; it should be on our employment status with God. How are we measuring up against His standard? It’s a “me and He” relationship. That’s the focus. That’s where all of our energy should lie. If we spend all our time trying to figure out what God should do with so and so, we will just waste our time. Because if I take all my time to evaluate others, I don’t have any time left to give of myself.