Thursday, October 09, 2008

Logs, Thorn Bushes & Sand

October 9: Matthew 12, Mark 3 & Luke 6

41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Luke 6:41-49

Logs, Thorn Bushes & Sand

In Luke 6, Jesus used three examples to teach one lesson, a lesson that we would do well to consider in our own lives.

He first asked, "Why do you try to take the speck out of your brother's eye, and yet you do not see the log that is in your own eye?"

It is so much easier for us to criticize those around us, but to not see things that are even worse in our own lives. I have noticed that it seems that the older a Christian gets, the less critical they become. Could it be that over their lives they have had to take so many "logs" out of their own eyes, that they are more patient with the specks they see in their fellow Christians' eyes?

Christ then stated that we can know a tree by the fruit it bears. Figs do not come from thorn bushes, and grapes do not come from bramble bushes. As I was thinking about this lesson from Christ, I thought about a peach tree that we had years ago; it would only bear fruit about once every three years, but when it did we had the best little peaches in the world! No matter how we try to cover up the good or the bad fruit in our lives, people are still able to observe the what we bear. So much more, does God see our hearts and our fruit!

Then Christ spoke of that familiar story of the man who built his house on the rock versus the man who built his house on the sand. In Sunday School we sang that little song that concludes,

So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ
And you shall be saved.

Christ was speaking to the Jews of the day, but He was also speaking directly to our hearts as well. When we think of logs, thorn bushes and sand, how would we rate our own Christian life?

I hope you were honest in your answer? If you feel that you are an utter failure, as I do, we must always go to Christ. Only in Christ and through His shed blood can we ever hope to live a life that is pleasing to God.

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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