I often read through familiar Scriptures with little thought or inspiration knowing that they do not apply to me until the Lord grabs me by the collar and says to reflect more closely – and please don’t think that’s why I wear collarless shirts! This week I challenged God and took a recent conflict and put it to prayer, and immediately He showed me a log in my eye. In Luke 18:11-12, the Pharisees had become so blind to the logs in their eyes that they felt comfortable publicly professing their guiltless nature, “The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men — robbers, evildoers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector.’” (NIV) How our sinful nature can so quickly blind us to truth and God’s presence in our lives!
In 1 Samuel 15:22, you learn an important principle that speaks directly to being judgmental and prideful, “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (NIV) Your spiritual life can evolve to where your spiritual thoughts, activities and disciplines replace obedience and relationship with God. You must walk before God with such sensitivity that another’s speck becomes a magnifying glass to the beam in your own eye. When encountering a speck in another’s eye, you must answer Jesus’ question in John 8:7 to the judgmental crowd before proceeding, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."(NIV) Instead of focusing on the other’s sin, make it a holy time with God. How can God use this time to speak into your life to bring you to a greater point of righteousness? Allow God to use another’s speck to mold Godly character, so that you become a greater vessel for God. The opportunities before you that have traditionally been consuming issues or stumbling blocks can now be tools in the hands of the Master Craftsman to take you to new levels of growth with God.
Isaiah 64:8 “Yet, O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” (NIV)
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