We left off yesterday with this verse… 3“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? 4How 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? 5You 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.”
Jesus is talking about maturity in the Kingdom here. If you are less advanced (have grown less) in your walk with Christ, how can you help someone else grow past what they are dealing with who is far advanced of you? Your focus should be on your own spiritual growth in the Kingdom of Heaven. Only then are you ready to teach and train others. Of course, real life is always more complicated than this black and white picture.
Sin is “falling short of the glory of God”, and I’m going to say that the speck of sawdust and the plank are both sin which are keeping us from “seeing” the Kingdom realities that are around us as Christ. So this Sin might be a blatant bad deed that we shouldn’t be doing, but we do…or it could simply be a worldly perspective that clouds our thinking to be that of “this world” instead of that of “His world”. Either way, we should be extremely cautious about how we interact with others especially when helping them to get rid of their sin. It is important that we endeavor to help those around us grow, but it is also very important that we have a matured understanding of how we are able to help. It might be that we are called to listen and pray rather than instruct.
Of course, we must also be ready when He calls us to step in and help someone else to grow past what they are going through. He has put us here in large part to help each other grow. We are either parts of the same Body, or we are the closest thing our non-believer friend has to the living Christ. Either way, we are to be Christ to them and help as He leads us.
6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:1-6)
Jesus ends this teaching by also telling us not to spend our time trying to feed Godly wisdom to someone who is not able or willing to accept it. We must always follow His promptings for who to serve and how to serve them…and sometimes it is time to move on. Jesus Himself did this. (Ex. John 6:53-69)
I am not doing this subject justice, what do you see that I’m missing? I hope you’ll invite others to join in the discussion.