Jesus had so many things to say that really spoke to those who were "religious" and not necessarily to the lost. He often was addressing the problems that those who worship God can struggle with that can severely affect their walk with God. He peered deep in the hearts of those who considered themselves as pious and showed great gaps and caverns in our thoughts and behavior. Today's verses continue to show us some problematic thinking that we can all have and reminds us again that if our focus is where it should be, we can be spared so much trouble. Please read Matthew 7:1-6.
Don't judge. How many of you can admit along with me that you are guilty of breaking this simple command. There really isn't a whole lot of explanation that needs to go along with this statement except that He warns us that we will be judged in the same manner in which we judge others. Instead, Jesus tells us that if we are focusing on our own relationship with God, we will find enough things that need to be fixed in us that will keep us quite busy. He points out that are own issues create a vision impairment that actually keeps us from truly seeing someone else's problems. So, He tells us instead to take out the plank in our own eyes that is impairing our vision.
Think about His analogy for a moment. It is interesting, because if our heart issues are visual impairments we can also realize that it also causes us problems seeing our Heavenly Father. How can we walk in His steps if we cannot see where we are going. Let's stop worrying about someone else's visual impairment and work on our own blindness!
Are you focusing on your neighbor or yourself when judging?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.