Parable Series – Part One: The Mote and the Beam
Matthew 7:2-6 (King James Version)
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
I read a story the other day about a woman and her husband.
“Not long ago I had a kidney stone but was able to pass it. A few months later, my husband
also passed a kidney stone. I made sure to remind him, “The bible says, ‘Let she who is
without sin cast the first stone.’”
I know that it was a really cheesy story, but I felt like it went pretty good with my idea for this piece. I know you’re thinking, “what does a woman and a man passing kidney stones have to do with the parable about the mote and the beam?”
Well, I’m going to try to show you that. You see, God loves each of us the same and has given us all the opportunity for eternal life. He’s commissioned us all to “present our bodies a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to God.”
You see, Sometimes we look around the church or at work or school and we see all these people and we point fingers at them and think about all the things you’ve heard they did. Yet we fail to see that we ourselves have some problems also. Here’s an example of what I’m trying to say. Have you ever seen someone play a game and they just couldn’t get it and someone acts like their savior and jumps in to save the day and show them how to play it, only to find themselves dieing within seconds and that’s they’re really not any better at the game than the first person was?
Yeah, that’s our personal lives and that’s what Jesus was telling us. We shouldn’t be trying to fix someones problems and tell them what to do when you can’t even fix your own problems. All you’re going to end up doing is causing more harm than good. But if you can work on your own problems and let God show you the solutions, then you can help other people with their problems. See, the bible says, “Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?” When we’ve not learned to go to God in prayer about our own problems, we’re blind and even our best intentions are harmful because we can cause someone else to stumble with us. When you let God show you the solutions and he deals with your problems with you, he opens your eyes, and instead of criticism and resent in trying to help someone, there shows through the Love of Christ when trying to help them. We don’t need to be blind leading the blind because we’ll never find the correct path that way.
Something I’ve seen a lot recently is gossip. It’s a past time of young people, they love to gossip about this person or that person and what they were doing or what they were caught doing or what their real intentions about something are. We sit around talking about how so&so said this and said that and they should just keep their mouth shut. The question I have for these people is this, “What do you think you’re doing, keeping your mouth shut?” This is something call Hypocrisy. Not a favorite of God’s if ya know what I mean.
This brings me to a closing quote I’ve got on my mind. “I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day. – Albert Camus” No one knows when Jesus is coming back but I do know this, we should be prepared every minute as if he is coming back the next minute. That leaves no place for hypocrisy in our lives. He’s called every one of us to be soul winners, but before we can win others, we’ve got to be able to show them the promise land by the lives we live.
God bless you all and Have a good week!