December 16, 2016

Today you should read: Matthew 7:1-11

This passage can connect with any person who reads it. My mind goes to students when I think about this. I see how students interact with one another today, and they do this thing where they all want to be elevated and seen and liked, or accepted. They will do this at any cost. If it means pointing out another’s “flaws” or “problems” or even their actions they will do it. These things can be considered the speck that is referred to in this passage. But when I expand my thought further, I realize that it isn’t just students that do this. We all do it. We all cast judgement on others and seek to elevate ourselves on some level. Instead of a school hallway or a sporting event, we have workplaces, family gatherings, and church functions. Instead of popularity and certain friend groups we seek money, or fame or the “perfect” family.

We cast judgement on others so that the attention can be taken off of the plank that we have in our own eye. It boils down to pride. We are so focused on us that other people do not matter and it seems somehow okay to us to bring focus to someone else’s speck, hoping that everyone will be distracted enough to miss our growing plank. The Pharisees did this constantly, and it is an act of hypocrisy. We have to realize that everyone has a plank and everyone deserves Judgement and it is through a Holy Savior that we do not have to take the wrath that we should get. Jesus took that for us. We should love Him so much more than ourselves. We should want him seen above all else, not us.

How can you today remove your plank?

Have you been guilty of pointing out someone else’s speck?

Will you examine your heart today and ask the Lord to reveal to you how you can elevate Him.

By: Dakota Gragg

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “December 16, 2016”

  1. “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

    This is a verse that I’ve always thought seemed out of place, but as I reflect on it I wonder if it actually refers to judging non-believers by a holy standard, something ordinarily reserved for God. While it seems crude to refer to people as dogs or swine, the idea that a non-believer would react poorly to being judged (what is holy/pearls) by a fellow human according to a standard they don’t accept makes sense.

    Just a thought -figured I’d throw it out there.

  2. Today’s scripture reading always seems to step on my toes………and sometimes crushes them! If I’m really honest, I can be quick to offer an opinion or judge someone in a way that doesn’t honor God & His Word. I need to learn from the Biblical examples of Peter when he impulsively responded or acted in a way he later regretted.

    Thanks for the good word today Dakota! I needed, and will continue to need, the reminder! Merry Christmas to all JumpStart readers!

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