“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5; NLT
Ah, the log. That unforgiving piece of wood that sticks out of your eye.
That sucker hurts, doesn’t it?
That log blocks your vision. That log keeps you from helping.
That log is the most inconvenient thing in your life.
And we have all missed the mystery of it.
Don’t get me wrong: Jesus’ original meaning behind the log still stands.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the log imagery, it comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
The original passage reads like this:
“’And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.'” (Matthew 7:3-5; NLT)
Jesus is clearly teaching that we should be conscious of the sin in our own lives and work toward remedying it before we help someone else with the sin in their lives.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we should definitely be taking steps to do better in our lives and work through our sin, especially before we take any steps toward helping someone with their vices and issues, especially when they are similar to our own.
However, something has stood out to me the past week regarding the log in my own eye as well as the log in the lives of others.
We should have our own house in order before we attempt to undertake anything in which the lives of another person would be impacted.
If we want to be a financial adviser, our own finances should be in order.
If we want to be a marriage counselor, we should have a solid, working relationship with our own spouses.
If we want to be a family counselor, we should be continuously striving to make sure we are working through issues in our own family in a healthy, constructive manner.
The list can go on:
– Fitness coach
– Biblical counselor
No matter what you plan to do that impacts another person’s life, particularly in the realm of psychological, spiritual, and emotional health, we should have our own houses in order.
We should be conscious of the logs in our own eye and work toward removing it before we even dare to consider helping another person with their issues.
If you struggle with the log of debt, work toward the end of your debt before helping others out of theirs.
If you struggle with the log of addiction, remove that log before you become an addictions counselor.
Same goes with the logs of porn, alcoholism, family problems, marital problems. No matter what the log, we need to ensure that we are taking constructive steps toward removing that log, or at least whittling it down, before we take any steps toward helping someone else with the same problem.