“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Matthew 7:5 (NIV)
This blog has been wrestling with what Jesus has seized you to be. More than a conqueror. A living sacrifice. No small stuff.
It becomes quickly clear that Jesus has seized you to be far more than what you may have thought was ever possible. That’s really encouraging when you factor that Jesus also sees you and me for what all of us are – hypocrites. Quick to find fault in others; slow to find fault in ourselves. Claiming to follow Jesus.
If you fix your eyes and thoughts on Jesus, and not on other people, you will become intimately familiar with the plank in your own eye. You will see the many ways you fall short of what Jesus has seized you to be. You will be frequently reminded of the many times you say one thing but do another. Ever the hypocrite.
Jesus doesn’t let you leave that plank in your eye. The Man of Mercy, The Redeemer enables you to embrace the wonderful reality that He has seized you to remove the plank from your eye. Then, and only then, you can look at others and see what is in their eye as just a speck, but a speck you can help them remove by extending the mercy of the kingdom of heaven to them.
Jesus has seized you to be a plank remover!
This is the fifth in the “Seized to Be A Living Sacrifice” series of blog posts.