Looking in the Mirror First

AoG-Full-LrgMatthew 7:3-5

“Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye.” You are a hypocrite. First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother’s eye.

Of all of the inventions created by man, none is more unique or as interesting as the mirror. A mirror is unique in that it is able to formulate an image that is identical to the observer. A mirror will only show what it sees and reflects the identical back to the observer.

When I think of a mirror, I think of individuality; for when you look in the mirror, you will see no one but yourself. Too often we spend the majority of our time looking at others when we actually should be looking at ourselves. This is what is so good about the mirror. No matter how hard you look for someone else, you will only see yourself. When I think of a mirror I think of a revelation. A mirror shows things about your personal appearance that would otherwise be unnoticeable to you.

When I think of a mirror, I think of something that is essential. Imagine with me for a few moments what you might look like if you didn’t take time to stop and see what the mirror sees. Many of you will agree with me when I say it would not look very good at all. When I think of the mirror, I finally see reality. The mirror cannot create, it can only reveal that which already exists. It has no ability within itself to correct or change what it sees. Only the looker can change and/or correct what he sees.

Jesus reminds us that we often pass judgment on others to keep from examining ourselves. This is wrong. In fact, it is obnoxiously and hypocritically wrong in God’s eyes. Before we start removing someone else’s sawdust, we had better get our own blinding 2×4 plank out of our way. It’s ridiculous for us to spend so much time finding all the little things that are wrong with others while we ignore our own huge problems. Let’s address our own problems, weaknesses, sins, and inconsistencies before we start trying to “fix” anybody else!

“Don’t judge other people, and God will not judge you. If you judge other people, you will be judged in the same way you judge them. And the way you give to other people will be the way God gives to man_in_the_mirroryou. “Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You are a hypocrite. First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother’s eye. “Don’t give holy things to dogs.

They will only turn and hurt you. And don’t throw your pearls to pigs. They will only step on them. “Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, if a person continues asking, that person will receive. If a person continues looking, that person will find. And if a person continues knocking, the door will open for that person. “Do any of you have a son? If your son asked for bread, would you give him a rock? No! Or if your son asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? No! {You are not like God}–you are evil. But you know how to give good things to your children. So surely your heavenly Father will give good things to those people that ask him. “Do to other people the same things you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law {of Moses} and the {teaching of the} prophets.

*Photo(s)/Resource(s): Phil Ware
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