This is not fun.
The Bible Study, Self-Confrontation, that we’re going through at small group is a lot of HARD work right now.
This past week as I meditated on our memory verse, Matt. 7:1,5, it was as though THE VERY THING I WAS TRYING TO AVOID–being critical–was the very thing I couldn’t stop doing. I guess that revelation prepared me to go to class humbled and utterly thirsty to understand this week’s lesson….How in the world, then, do I change?
Matthew 7:1-5 was a great memory verse this week, but I don’t think I have ever really understood it. I had always thought it was rather exaggerated that Jesus said to first take the LOG out of your eye before attempting to take a speck out of someone else’s.
I mean….REALLY?….a LOG? Isn’t that a little…oh, I don’t know…extreme?
But, as I meditated and chewed, it started to make sense. When you get something in your eye, it prevents you from seeing clearly. How can we HELP someone (which is the point by the way….to HELP, not criticize them), if we can’t even SEE clearly?
The first thing we do to HELP is to clean the specks (imagine them as specks of sawdust) out of our OWN EYE. By the way…we have ENOUGH SPECKS OF OUR OWN TO MAKE AN ENTIRE LOG. Our priority is to focus on our own specks before even giving thought to pointing out someone else’s. Usually we see someone else’s specks because we have the SAME problem.
Bottom line: We’ll never be able to disciple or help anyone if we don’t first deal with our OWN sin.
Well, it’s easy to write, maybe even easier to read, but it’s ridiculously hard to implement in the day to day challenges of life. But, hey…we’re not left in this alone. God provides divine empowering so we don’t have to live in defeat. Stay tuned as I continue to explore that…
P.S. CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson (type self-confrontation in the search box at the bottom).