When I decided to ride my bike across the United States, I didn’t realize the importance of a Garmin on my bike to keep track of all my stats. The Garmin tracked the temperature, speed, distance, route, elevation gain, pedal strokes, cadence, heart rate and more. You might think this amount of information is overkill, unnecessary, and just for bike “snobs.” But
it is actually necessary to know this information. Without it, I would not know my fitness level or my capabilities to continue day after day. The Garmin data provided my coach with the necessary information to instruct me on how to ride the next day and the next week. I could then ride with the confidence that I would make it across the country. You could say that I trusted my coach’s judgment based upon his “inside” knowledge of me.
If you think about it, we need to see ourselves clearly in order to grow spiritually and reach our full potential. I need to know my strengths in order to work on and invest in them. I need to understand my weaknesses so I can have accountability partners to help me manage and control them. I have found that the only way to clearly see who I am and my full potential is when I submit to God and His judgment rather than rely solely on my own judgment. Yes, I find that I need God’s judgment to see myself clearly. Otherwise I will buy into the judgment of Satan that will cloud my vision. He causes me to focus on the wrong data about my life. He will either have me over emphasize my strengths or my weaknesses. It is only when I focus on God that life comes into the proper perspective for me.
When I listened to my coach’s judgment of my Garmin data, I had a calm assurance that allowed me to ride better and better throughout my trip. The same thing occurs when I listen to God’s judgment of my personal spiritual data. Perhaps this is what is described in John 12:31-32, “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” When I focus on the cross and see God’s love for me, I am drawn to His judgment that allows me to see clearly. My advice is to focus on Jesus who went to the cross so that we could trust His judgment in our lives.