Friday, May 28, 2010

Evaluation Ratings

Does a Christ-like person receive high ratings from the world?

We all receive valuations and ratings; directly or indirectly. How are you evaluated? Evaluations are in various formats, a direct superior, Board of Directors, seminar attendees; or our friends and peers. Would you agree most of us desire ’10s’ or the highest rating possible? I certainly do! At least I thought I did; until deeply pondering evaluations.

Does Christ receive high ratings from everyone? Is crucifixion on a Cross considered a ‘10’? No! Judas, one of twelve on his Board of Directors, betrayed him. Jesus receives his share of “Excellent” markings; however those who give him “Excellent” one day, are critics the next. “Where are you? Why did you allow this to happen…?” Granted most followers eventually recognize our lack of wisdom in questioning Christ. His harsh critics continually look for wrong in all he says and does.

You may cite Apostle Paul’s statement of being all things to all people as meaning we should get along, and receive high ratings from everyone. Yet Paul spent much time in prison; placed there by his critics. A critic beheaded John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ. Hardly scoring a ‘10’! Scripture tells of other followers being tortured, including sawed in two! Ouch!!!

Considering Christ and his Biblical followers received very poor ratings, can we expect anything different walking in Christ’s footsteps? Should we take heart to critics when we fail to walk with Christ? Absolutely! Since the beginning of time, some will criticize Christians simply because they are Christians. In fact, if we are continually receiving “Excellent” from everyone; we are most likely failing to live a Christ-like life.

A life filled with honesty, sincerity, forgiveness, desiring success for others, seeking wisdom, knowledge and understanding; acknowledging scripture as the pure Word of God; will bring critics out of the woodwork. Why? In John 15, Christ tells us that the world hated him before they hated us. The critics are rebuking Christ who lives and reigns in our hearts.

In the seminar room, some say it is better to make up an answer than admitting ignorance. If our goal is only receiving high ratings from attendees; this is a good idea. However, when our goal is hearing, “Well done thy good and faithful servant;” lying in any form is foolish.

Walking with Christ, living Christ-like to the best of our human ability, will result in less favorable, short term ratings from man. Those who also strive to live Christ-like will rate you highly and God will bless your life in all aspects long term! Why must we suffer? Jesus Christ desires our love, including our obedience him and the Father. The Bible states the Lord tests our hearts. Challenges provide the exams!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!


Rick E. Meyer
P.O. Box 244
Albion, NE 68620-0244
(402) 984-1586 - Cell
See, Believe, Achieve, Inc.

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