Easter is such an important time to remember we serve a RISEN Lord and Savior. Not only that, but the same Lord and Savior who died for us also lived and taught us some very valuable lessons. Today, I want you to hear one of them.
Christians get an extra ability – we can detect if they are one of us or one of them (Christian or non-Christian)…After all, we were given the ability to take an assessment of someone else, right?
We have it all down pat, don’t we? We have this great system of assessing others…after all, it helps us to know who we want to be in church with…
But, you may be thinking about how you have to assess others so that you don’t get taken advantage of…you have to stay on guard. We don’t want to be naïve, do we? The enemy is out there and we don’t want to be overtaken by the enemy…
What is Jesus saying? Our assessments really are simply JUDGING!
1 – We spend so much time judging others that we don’t ever take a look at ourselves. It is interesting at how we can point out the faults in others very quickly, but have an extremely difficult time seeing our own.
What are we thinking? We can point out that speck when in reality, we have a plank the size of Mt Everest that in our own eye that we don’t even notice. We are uncomfortable talking about ourselves. The speck Jesus is taking about is just a small piece of something, not hardly visible – but still important. But we have a perspective which isn’t capable of helping a brother or sister out with the speck because of the plank in our own eye. The plank…the equivalent of a major beam of a house or a major floor board. Do you get the sense of what He is trying to tell us?
We have no problem in evaluating others actions and reactions by what we think a Christian should do, but never have checked to make sure those actions we are so loudly professing as Christians really actually reflect that which is in the Bible.
Maybe we should take a look at ourselves and that plank…what is it doing to us?
It is easy to look at those who are poor and say that if they would just…
It is easy to look at those who sit at home because they are emotionally destroyed and tell them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get out.
What we may not know is that the person who is poor is working three jobs just to make ends meet and doing way more than we ever would to make it.
What we don’t know is that the person who is at home has been beat down in life to the point that they don’t see a way out and can’t face the world because they have been abused and neglected all their life and they feel this is their lot in life.
We don’t bother to show the love of Christ to the person who stays at home because we think they are a lazy bum…
Problem is that because there are people who will take advantage of the kindness of others, and people who will steal from you right before your eyes, and people who are only out to do evil…that we shut our doors and shut our hearts to those who really are hurting and really are in need.
Warning…you might get taken advantage of…but if you don’t ever make an effort so that you are not ever taken advantage of, how many people have you turned your back on…not showing the love of Christ…just so someone doesn’t get over on you for a few dollars?
But what I am saying is that if we don’t ever give anything because there are people out there who truly only want to take advantage of you, we won’t ever show the love of Christ. If we give with a pure heart and to glorify God, and we come together as God’s people…you might find that God takes care of His own. As Chris has often said…God takes care of His kids. Don’t shut everyone out because there is evil in the world!
We can immediately say that Jesus has compassion and forgiveness and He died on the cross for us. He does. He also doesn’t say that He will use your eyes. But, He said in this scripture today that if you judge, the same way you judge others will be used to judge you. At some point, the way we look at others and judge others will be used to judge you.
Jesus is saying that my eyes could be used on me…I may see myself one way, but the way I see others is quite different.
Will you be like Jesus?