Like the Michael Jackson song (Man in the Mirror) everything has to start with us. if we want to see change, or help someone else we need to look at ourselves. I wanted to start my series of blogs with a something I think we all can learn from.
So often we point fingers at others, whether right, or wrong everybody does it. blaming and looking at peoples problems is generally a symptom to our own problems. we tend to be easily judgmental and point out what others do wrong, or what we don’t like when we have a big aggravating log of sin still hanging around.
I love Jesus’s Humor throughout his parables, He might as well said find your own plank to take the deep plunge off first. I mean who has ever seen a big plank or log in a eye besides that scene in final destination 2 where the pole goes through the girls eye. Your just not going to physically have a plank in your eye, that’s what makes this such a good parable. because sin is not natural. Sin is not something we were ever originally going to deal with. thus sin a very ugly extension of ourselves that blinds us from reality. Matthew 7:3-5
V3 “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? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
All it takes is one little sin we hold onto, to blind us. Sin separates us even from how God wants us to see others. planks come in all shapes, and sizes, whether another idol, or just not keeping Christ our center of focus. We will always find ourselves trying to drift into a blame game. Its just easier to say someone else caused our problems, or blame shifting saying “what we do is not even near as bad as what they have done, or what they are doing.” (or how about this) “what they did is what caused me to be this way” all this statement does is show that someone is shifting away from their own plank. We have to pull out our plank, just to even see clearly, sometimes we think we see an issue that someone has when in reality we are seeing our own splinters. (we would be surprised at what we may accomplish by simply starting with this one thing. so that we may help with each others specks of dust in Love as Christ showed us.
Pastor ray put a great example out something, I seem to think so many of us have
the following are symptoms of a plank:
"You lose your temper; I have righteous anger.
You’re a jerk; I’m having a bad day.
You have a critical spirit; I bluntly tell the truth.
You gossip; I share prayer requests.
You curse and swear; I let off steam.
You’re pushy; I’m intensely goal-oriented.
You’re greedy; I’m simply taking care of business.
You’re a hypochondriac; but I’m really sick.
You stink; I merely have an “earthy aroma (Mr. I. M. Okay Meets His Maker)
let us move forward with Love for one another. I encourage all of us to pray that our own plank become evident. May we all be annoyed by our OWN plank so much that we pull it out, and replace it with the Love That Christ Has for us.
may we tend to our positions in this world with the love of God and only show Him always. Solio de-Gloria