The Weight of Assessment

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The Weight of Assessment

The Weight of Assessment

Assessment carries responsibility with it. The Bible demonstrates many situations where people were called to assess and evaluate another person’s character.

My brothers and sisters, most of you shouldn’t become teachers. That’s because you know that those of us who teach will be held more accountable. 2 All of us get tripped up in many ways. Suppose someone is never wrong in what they say. Then they are perfect. They are able to keep their whole body under control.

3 We put a small piece of metal in the mouth of a horse to make it obey us. We can control the whole animal with it. 4 And how about ships? They are very big. They are driven along by strong winds. But they are steered by a very small rudder. It makes them go where the captain wants to go.

5 In the same way, the tongue is a small part of a person’s body. But it talks big. Think about how a small spark can set a big forest on fire. 6 The tongue is also a fire. The tongue is the most evil part of the body. It makes the whole body impure. It sets a person’s whole way of life on fire. And the tongue itself is set on fire by hell.

7 People have tamed all kinds of wild animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures. And they still tame them. 8 But no one can tame the tongue. It is an evil thing that never rests. It is full of deadly poison.

9 With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. With our tongues we curse people. We do it even though people have been created to be like God. 10 Praise and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it shouldn’t be this way.

11 Can fresh water and salt water flow out of the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? Of course not. And a saltwater spring can’t produce fresh water either. (James 3:1-12)

It is very interesting to note that we will be held accountable for the decisions and circumstances that stem from our assessments. If we make assessments that prove to be false and incorrect, then the decisions and situations that come from out of that decision will be consequences that we have to bear. Should they not be felt in this lifetime, we will certainly face the Lord eventually and be held to these things, as we are called to a higher standard.

If we say that we are children of the Lord and thus children born of truth, then what we speak should also be truth.

If we say that we are children of the Lord and thus children born of truth, then what we speak should also be truth. The decisions we make from this truth should then proceed to be made in wisdom. We may cringe at the thought of judging a person’s character, or we may welcome it. We may shy away from a circumstance that calls for our assessment. We may be the type to take one look at a person and shun them for being “less Christian” than us. We may need to be rebuked for the conclusions that we draw from what we assess. But at the end of the day, we are called to be stewards of what we have been called to.

1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Acts 6:1-4, are good examples of Biblical situations where people had to properly consider a person’s character, not to judge in condemnation, but to judge because a decision needed to be made. All throughout the Scriptures, we see passages of the Lord asking us to evaluate and assess, and now we know that the Lord will also give bearing to how we evaluate and assess.



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