Alcohol is not the only intoxicating influencer of your mind. People are interesting creatures. We can justify just about any behavior, any expense, any action, any language we choose to justify. We can twist any motive we want to take unjustifiable behavior and make it perfectly okay in our own little world. When we do that, we are drunk... even though we've had no alcohol. "Non-alcoholic drunkenness" was something Jesus dealt with a lot in people. The only way He could get through the cloudiness and distortion of peoples' thinking was to say the truth plainly and directly. The voice of Jesus coming at them was revealing what was within them. Today, having been given the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, it should be the voice of Jesus coming from within us, revealing what is within us.
Romans 12:3 NIV For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
As we read Paul's encouragement to "do not think of yourself more highly than you ought," most people immediately jump to the issue of pride in this verse, and perhaps that is correct. However, Paul also says "but think of yourself with sober judgment." Sober Judgment leads to sober thinking. Sober Judgment leads to sober behavior. The inclusion of sober judgment to our thought processes leads to the destruction of ill justification. Sober Judgment is the path to freedom. Sober Judgment comes from the voice of the Holy Spirit within.
Signs of "drunk judgment" ...
Don't be deceived. If you are drunk in your judgment it is just as evident to others as the smell of week-old booze on an alcoholic. You may think you've got everyone fooled, but you don't. You may think you have God fooled, but you don't.
Get Sober ... in your judgment of yourself.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.