Twigs in our eyes.
No one is perfect, or without sin. Anyone that has read the bible, or even skimmed it knows this. And that’s the basis for need of Jesus. That’s why that we need Jesus, because everyone is broken, everyone has done something wrong, everyone has mess-ups, problems, and shortfalls. One of my favorite and most daily applicable stories that I have found in the bible is in Matthew 7. Everyone has heard the story, how can you remove the speck out of your eye when you have a plank in yours? But how often do we put it into practice. I mean really abide by the story. There’s not a single day that we all don’t judge one another, when we don’t have any room to judge. For me, it’s one of the hardest things to do. It’s so easy to judge someone’s sin just because it’s different than mine. But in today’s society, we all look to each other to base our measurements. “At least I don’t do what so-and-so does.” But does that really make us better than them? No. Because they’re probably looking at you saying the exact same thing. Matthew 7 is such a tried and true parable. It’s so relevant even today. We’re so concentrated on others faults that we don’t see our own. Today there was a discussion about homosexuality and transgendered people being allowed into dressing rooms. Who are we to judge? Nobody. Their sin is different than ours, so we look at it like it’s worse than ours. We don’t see that we’re judging them, we just see their sin and can’t see ours. It comes so easy. But we can break that mold. If we just take a second before we start to judge or compare ourselves to others, to give us an ego boost, or whatever you want to call it, and remind ourselves that we’re all broken sinners then we can just view everyone in the same group. Regardless of someone else’s sin, they have it. But we have it too. We’re all in the same nasty, ugly, broken, messed up, unworthy boat. I need to remind myself of this daily. And I think we all do. No one is better than the other and we all need saving. Easier said than done, I know. But let’s give it a try, because we’re in no place to throw stones.