Many many years ago, I won't say exactly how long, I was in the grocery store with two of my kids. They were toddlers at the time. I was in the produce department when an older woman walked up to me and handed me a small plastic cross and a card about salvation. I remember at the time I was somewhat offended and somewhat amused. I was going to church regularly at the time. I didn't think I LOOKED like a hooligan or someone who wasn't saved. Why did she single me out?
It bothered me for a little while. And of course, I'm the world's biggest over-analyzer, so my mind started spinning constantly. Why would she think I was lost? The obvious answer to that question was that there was no reason. She probably just picked me out to minister to that day. Or who know...maybe God was lining her up for that moment to lead to this blog entry today... God does work in mysterious ways.
But one thing that encounter on that day taught me was that I should never judge someone else's salvation. Now, to be honest, I admit I have been way too judgmental in the past. I've doubted someone else's salvation and I've wondered how they could be Christian if they act a certain way. But I'm always reminded gently by my loving Savior that I was once questioned, too. I was once thought to be in need of salvation. I was once judged by someone who isn't qualified to do the judging (because we all know only One is able to do that).
That encounter many years ago taught me to never ever believe that I know what is going on in the relationship between another person and Jesus.