Well, that turned out to be a mistake! I was minding my own business, reading through Luke 6, when I came to this:
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. (v.42)
As has become my custom, when I encounter a part of Scripture where God speaks clearly about something (as in the passage above), I pause, close my eyes, close my Bible and ask Him to reveal how I might apply those truths to my life. So, that’s what I did; I stopped and asked God if there were any logs in my eyes.
Initially, I felt pretty safe with this topic. After all, I haven’t killed anyone, I have no secret addictions, I don’t cheat or steal; I’m fair in my business transactions, and I treat my family (reasonably) well. Funny, while all that may be true, those weren’t the things God brought to my mind! In fact, those attributes all contribute to what He did reveal – my “logs” are much more “respectable.”
He revealed that I tend to be proud, a bit selfish, largely self-reliant, and somewhat judgmental. These things may be difficult to spot from the outside, but they’re there – and they impact how I view myself and others. Most importantly, they’re very un-Christlike, and need to go – because I genuinely long for others to encounter some of Christ when they encounter me.
Feeling brave today? Ask God to reveal the “respectable logs” that may be clouding your vision. –Dave
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