Jesus in Matthew 7:3-5

“Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[c] when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend,[d] ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?”

Before Shelter-In-Place was…well…in place, I was standing in line at the gas station waiting to pay.  A young kid makes his way past me to his mom and asks if he can get a candy bar.  “No way” she says annoyed, “you’ve had WAY too much junk today!” Dejected kid slumps and walks away. Same woman steps up to the register… “Two packs of Marlboro Reds please.”  

The live-action display of double standards playing out in front of sparked a thought.  How often am I guilty of exactly that. Different setting, different circumstance. Identical principle. Identifying junk in the arms of the world around me while cradling a carcinogen in my own?  

In this quarantined world lots of spring cleaning is going on. Jamie actually started a fantastic series last weekend about this called “Declutter.”

As today begins, let’s make a concentrated effort to clean up our own lives.  Let’s ask God to reveal the things lurking in us that stop us from looking more like Him, inside and out.  

Just some food for thought.  Pun intended.

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois