Around the Log in My Eye
The Lord is very creative when it comes to revealing what’s in our hearts. He is gentle, and has a sense of humor as He helps us see what’s hidden so well that we can not see it for ourselves.
This is one method He uses with me:
Beating, ever beating
Picking, ever picking
at the splinters I see in others’ eyes.
When I do
I knock them senseless,
leave them bleeding –
Their specks but fragments
of my offending plank.
I love watching dramatizations of Scripture. They helps me to see a book as one continuous story, instead of lifting a verse off the page here or there, as we are used to doing. Once such movie is Matthew. It is the entire book (NIV) in living color. Bruce Marchiano has the role of Jesus and portrays our Lord in a way I’d never imagined He could be.
The above poem is inspired by Bruce’s portrayal of the plank/speck section of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 7:1-5. As Bruce presented this teaching, he held a log in his hands and talked about the plank we have in our eye. The scene made me laugh…then made me realize how silly we are when we try to help someone remove a splinter from their eye; and club them to pieces with the beam that protrudes from our own. See it for yourself (they show the scene I’m talking about at 44 seconds):
The first time I saw this, I realized that the splinter and the plank are made of the same material. What I see in them is a tiny bit of what is a big fault in me.
Now, knowing what I need to confess is as easy as looking at that for which I’ve criticized others. If I’m willing to be honest, I usually discover their sin lurking within my heart – even if my actions don’t yet reflect my thoughts. The negativity (i.e.) that I spot in others bugs me because, deep down, I know I am guilty of this myself. The Lord uses the “gift” of “sin-sniffing” to show me something He wants me to admit to – and surrender to Him.
Become a “Christian scientist,” take this to the “lab” and test my theory. The next time there’s an opportunity to criticize someone, stop and ask the Lord, “Is this something I’m doing as well?”
Dare to lay your heart open before Him.
Like me, your question, “Am I…” will probably, in time, be exchanged for this request: “Okay, Lord, show me where I am guilty of this same sin!”
Two things will happen: you’ll become a cleaner vessel; and you will be able to remove others’ splinters…
…now that you’re not workin’ around your log!
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Soli Deo Gloria!
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