Have you found the log in your eye? If you are not sure what I am talking about, I am referring to Matthew 7:1-5. If you are unfamiliar with this set of verses, they apply to judging other people. Naturally, as humans, we judge. Whether or not we intend to do so or not is a different topic. Today I want to talk a little about the log in your eye analogy.
I think that the term judging can be over played or under played. Most of the time I have witnessed someone pointing the finger calling out someone for judging, they, in turn, become the judge themselves. When you are quick to pick and poke out others sin but do not focus on fixing your sin, then you end up with a log in your eye. Having recently experienced cutting down an 80-foot sugar magnolia tree, I have a good visual on what a log looks like. In fact, some of the logs that I chopped up were too big for my chain saw that I had to cut them apart in sections.
Matthew 7:1-5 NASB “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 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.
Why does Matthew talk about a log in your eye?
Just like my experience cutting up logs in my yard, sometimes the sin we have at home is so big that we have to dismantle it in sections. Why on earth would you worry about someone else's sin when the sin in your life is so prevalent? If you cannot fix what is going on with the sin in your life, how can you possibly think that you have the answers to fix someone else's sin?
Sometimes Christians are good at pointing out the solution for sin in others life when they do not even comprehend their shortfalls. All you end up doing is chasing others away because they can see the log in your eye. The funny thing is that the person with the log in their eye doesn't even see it.
Let's leave the woodworking up to Jesus, the carpenter.