Thursday, February 23, 2012

Focus on your own splinters

The other day I was driving home when I noticed that the car coming toward me had a headlight out. I wondered if they were aware of it. And if they were, why they hadn't gotten it fixed yet. Later on that night I was pulling out of my drive way and my husband told me to repark the car. When I asked him why, he told me that my headlight was out. How ironic that the issue I had so obviously seen in another person's vehicle was the exact same issue that was wrong with my own but didn't know it!

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. " Luke 6:41-42

It is so much easier to see and point out the flaws in others without ever acknowledging the ones that hinder our own walk. Consider this:

"...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." Philipians 2:12-13 NIV

When we focus on the flaws in others, we forsake to fullfill the good purpose God has for our own lives. We take our own energy and transfer it to other people. The word says for us to "work out your own salvation..."

"He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. Luke 6:39-40

When we we focus on judging others we hold them to our own standard- not God's. Our own measure is NOTHING in comparison to His! But there is a blessing in focusing on ourselves. We all have issues- every one of us. When we take the time to allow God to show us our own flaws and work them through us, we can become an even greater blessing to the Kingdom of God. Remember, it's not about us, it's about Jesus!

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