I got something in my eye…

I usually read my bible at least once a day. This past weekend I don’t think I even opened it once. I was “too busy” or “too tired” to read it, but I had time for other things such as video games, movies, and Facebook. As the weekend progressed I felt worn out, beaten down, frustrated, and honestly a little angry. I let this world tear me down until I was at the point of tears. It wasn’t until Sunday night, when I attended a Christmas special at church, until I felt better. Something about seeing kids sing about the glory of God and His sheer awesomeness cheered me up. Earlier Sunday morning, the preacher had talked about searching for a light in the darkness. For me, those kids singing was my light. All weekend long I had looked at other people and judged them. I would look at how they were living their lives and form my opinions of them, usually in a negative way. I would think to my self, “They really need to stop doing that and get right with God,” or “How can someone do that?”. All weekend long I had put myself on a high horse and looked down at people that weren’t living like I was, and by the end of the weekend I was feeling miserable. I woke up this morning feeling down and out, sad, and depressed. I drank some coffee and ate some breakfast, watched my son play with his trains and was trying to figure out why I was feeling so crappy. As I was sitting there it dawned on me that I hadn’t done a bible study all weekend. So I got up and turned to the last place I had left off, Luke 6. It truly is amazing seeing God work. Before I even started reading the chapter I looked at a verse that I had already highlighted a while back. Luke 6:37 NKJV, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Whoa, coincidence? I don’t think so. That one verse alone was enough to bring me to tears. As I read this chapter, the whole thing was just full of awesome verses. I wanted to pick one to write about this morning but they were all so amazing I just decided to kind of shoot from the hip on this one. If you haven’t read Luke 6, you should. As I got to the last few verses, it was like a gut check of how my weekend had gone. Luke 6:41-42 NKJV, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” Jesus Christ just called me a hypocrite! And He is right, He is always right. I had spent my weekend looking at the lives of others and judging them, and had failed to look at my own life. That “plank” in my eye blinded me from seeing how I was acting, how I was thinking. Christians already have a notoriously bad reputation for being hypocritical, and I was doing nothing but reinforcing that myth. I debated whether or not to even write this post, but I want to be honest and true to my readers. I’m not perfect, no where close. I still have daily struggles, I still do things I’m not proud of. I’m trying my best to live a Godly life and bear good fruit. I’m trying to shine God’s light on this dark world, to be a guide as people travel down the straight and narrow path. But the truth is that I haven’t been walking it for very long myself. I hope that whoever reads my posts gather strength from them, or maybe they may inspire someone to give church a chance or crack open a bible. I hope that I can lead people that are far from God, closer to Him. I’m not here to save you, I’m here to arrange a meeting between you and someone that can, Jesus Christ. I hope to be His torch in the dark to show people the way to salvation. A messenger of His Good News. Luke 6:43-45 NKJV, “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What kind of tree are you?

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