{Matthew 7:1-5; ESV}

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.”

One of the lessons that God has reminded me of is that I need work on changing myself. It is easy to find the faults in another person, but it is hard to do something about the faults I find in my life. Yet, if I want to have influence with another person I need to be honest and open about those faults I am working on in my life.

Isn’t that one of the implications we can take away from this teaching of Jesus? The point Christ makes is that we are not to simply judge a person, but we are to seek to help them overcome their sin. The first step in helping them is to work on the sins we have in our lives. By understanding the consequences of sin and struggling to overcome it, puts us in the best position to help another person with their sin.

This requires us to constantly evaluate our lives. Since we will never reach a place where we have it all together, there will always be changes for us to make in our lives. So we have to be aware of those areas that are weaknesses for us, as well as the temptations that haunt us, and the sins that we continue to struggle against. That way we will always have an understanding about the changes that we need to make.

If we hope to make an impact in this world, then it will begin with the changes that we make in our lives. The people God chooses to use are not always the most talented or intelligent, but they are people of character. Character is a product of making the necessary changes in our lives. If we are not going to change, then we are will be of little use to God.

There is another truth I think we need to consider. When the people around us witness the commitment we have to follow Jesus though the changes we are willing to make, then credence is added to the message of hope and forgiveness that we proclaim. Make no mistake about it, people want to know the difference Christ Jesus can make in their lives, and if they can see the difference in our lives, then we become a powerful illustration for the truth of the Gospel.

Take some time and examine your life. What are the temptations that tempt you? What is an area of weakness that needs to be improved? What sin holds you back from truly following Jesus? These are important questions to ask as we evaluate our lives.

I think we need to ask ourselves at least one more question: What steps do I need to take in order to change my life? It is one thing to know what is wrong, but it is another to know what it takes to correct the problem.

There are many people in our lives who need a helping hand when it comes to changing their lives. Remember the most important thing we can do right now to help them is to model what it means to change. We need to take the log out of our eyes so we can help others with the speck in their eye.

Questions to consider:

  • What did Jesus mean when he said that we have a log in our eye?
  • Why is it important for us to address the sin in our lives?
  • How can changing our lives be a powerful testimony for the truth of the Gospel?
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