Recently I had an interesting experience in KidsView Worship, our kids worship service, that caused me to realize our Christian lives are not always what they should be.
We were playing a game that pitted the girls against the boys. The girl’s team had the lead for most of the time and delighted in rubbing it in the boys faces. The boys would complain that the girls were “not being good sports and were acting all proud!” However, as soon as the boys scored they would gloat just like the girls and the girls would complain about the boys.
Isn’t that the way we often live? We never see the wrong in what we do, but we are always quick to point out the wrong in others. If only there was a Bible scripture that addressed that - wait, there is!
HE ALSO TOLD THEM THIS PARABLE:
"CAN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND? WILL THEY NOT BOTH FALL INTO A PIT? THE STUDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE TEACHER BUT EVERYONE WHO IS FULLY TRAINED WILL BE LIKE THEIR TEACHER. "WHY DO YOU LOOK AT THE SPECK OF SAWDUST IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE AND PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE? YOU HYPOCRITE, FIRST TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR EYE AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE.
As I pondered my experience with the kids I thought that maybe the Christian life needs to be more like a game of football. In football, if a player is having an unsportsmanlike attitude or action he will get a 15-yard penalty. What would church be like if we all had yellow flags and tossed them if we saw a fellow Christian displaying un-Christ-like behavior? We could toss the penalty flag and have them drop and give us 15 push ups! Imagine how fit we would all be! But to be true to the Scripture, before we could toss a penalty flag on another believer, we would need to assess our own walk as a Christ-follower and deal with the un-Christ-like stuff in our lives. Quite honestly, by the time most of us deal with our stuff, we won’t have the time or inclination to throw penalty flags on others. Does anyone have a pair of tweezers that will handle a log?
Written by Pastor Randall Hosea