We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself. (Matthew Henry, commentary on Matthew 7:1-6)
God Sees Behind Appearances
If you’re faithful in small-scale matters, you’ll be faithful with far bigger responsibilities. If you’re crooked in small responsibilities, you’ll be no different in bigger things. If you can’t even handle a small thing like money, who’s going to entrust you with spiritual riches that really matter? If you don’t manage well someone else’s assets that are entrusted to you, who’s going to give over to you important spiritual and personal relationships to manage?
Imagine you’re a servant and you have two masters giving you orders. What are you going to do when they have conflicting demands? You can’t serve both, so you’ll either hate the first and love the second, or you’ll faithfully serve the first and despise the second. One master is God and the other is money. You can’t serve them both.
What are heavenly riches? Jesus called them “true riches” (Luke 16:11). They are the presence of God, the fruit of the Spirit in your soul, wisdom and truth by revelation, and eternal life. Do these things mean anything to you? Are they the most important things to you? Satan does not want you to know about them, let alone experience them. (Brother Jonathan Crosby, Church of Greenville)
If God is ALL you HAVE, you HAVE ALL you NEED!
How are we able to pray at those times when we feel betrayed, excluded from intimate communication, even unwanted?
How do we pray while we are just barely treading water ourselves?
Or, how do we pray when the little everyday hurts just chip away at us?
—We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:2)
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God. ” (Luke 12:21)
“I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen Him!” (John 14:6)
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.
God made a blood covenant with Abraham saying,
“…and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed Me.” (Genesis 22:18) A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1) Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. (Matthew 1:2)
God swore an oath to Judah’s descendant, David, the son of Jesse, saying,
“When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.”
(2 Samuel 7:12) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Father, not my will be done but Yours.
Jesus was telling a parable about a certain farmer who had a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.
The first response and consuming reaction of this farmer was to build himself
bigger barns, sit himself DOWN, and allow himself the extravagant luxury of eating, drinking, and merry-making. The farmer never considered that this blessing could be about anyone other than himself.
In the end, his life is demanded of him and his abundant harvest is lost to him.
Jesus Paid Our Debt
Our true worth and identify are only to be found In Christ Jesus’ finished work
of the cross. He is risen with healing in his wings.
I am at one of those decade markers in my life journey. More than at any other time I have felt compulsion to access issues of success and value.
Invariably I have been tempted to rely on empirical measures and consequently have found myself comparing myself to others.
Jesus’ directive to prioritize a rich relationship with God the Father in the parable of the farmer has been a great challenge in re-assessing my approach to this decade marker.
In God’s eyes, I am rich toward God as I recognize that all I am and all I have are gifts from God.
Secondly, I am rich toward God as I understand that every gift of God is given me for God’s purposes and not for my hoarding.
Unlike the farmer, I can live in complete gratitude for the wonderful gifts He has given to me, asking Him to open my eyes to every opportunity, great and small, to utilize these gifts for His purposes.
This is the TRUE MEASURE of a person!
BLESSED are those who OBEY His commands.
Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus.
Gracious Father, Thank You for every blessing I have received from Your hand.
Help me always to have an attitude of gratitude.
Open my eyes to see how You would have me utilize these gifts and grant me a willing spirit to step into what I see. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen!
(shared from Joe Hyatt)