Scripture: Luke 6:
41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say, ‘Friend, 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 the other person’s eye.
Observation: Everyone has enough problems of their own to worry about, we don’t need to try to fix other people before we have fixed ourselves.
Application: One of the biggest mistakes that religious people make is in trying to fix someone else. We are called to share our faith in Christ with the whole world, but Jesus didn’t say that in doing so we need to point out every flaw. Sharing our faith should be an act of love, mercy, compassion and acceptance. It’s not the Churches job to fix people, the church is to lead people to God through Jesus our Lord, and then God does the fixing.
That fixing of people is what we call Sanctification (the process of becoming holy) and it is not an instantaneous thing, it doesn’t happen overnight, it’s not something that you do before you get back in Church, and it’s not what you have to do in order to "Get right with God." Sanctification is a life long process, and one that we never fully complete while in this life. We are only fully sanctified when we are given the robe of His righteousness and we are in the presence of The King.
Jesus taught that we should love one another, not be judgmental and that we would be known by our actions "45 Good people bring good things out of the good stored up in their heart, and evil people bring evil things out of the evil stored up in their heart. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." If a church is increasing its numbers by inducing fear and being judgmental, then it will produce judgmental and fearful members. That’s not the picture Jesus is painting for us in Luke 6, rather what Jesus is pointing us toward is a Church that is loving and kind, and where each person is involved in personal improvement by allowing God to change our lives as He sees fit.
Thank you for your guiding Spirit, your everlasting Love, your endless mercy, and the power you give me to change for the better. Forgive me when I look at others in judgment and help me to instead look within myself and find where I should improve.