From Pastor’s Desk: 8-17-14
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – Luke 6:41-42 (NIV)
Jesus makes an important point: we are prone to harshly judge others based upon our personal struggles. For example; if we have internal struggles with envy, we will see the power plays and insecurities that envy creates in others. These observations will only remind us of our personal issues, so we lash out to compensate. Our task is to recognize when our reactions are larger than they should be, because those reactions could be an indicator of the very things that we need to address in our own lives. (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org)
Most usually we judge others from a perspective of our strength and their weakness. How much greater relationships would be if it was the other way! How much stronger the church would be if the community in which we serve could see us building each other up rather than tearing each other down! But in order to do that, it necessitates a realization, and admission, of weakness within, and most every person I know, me included, does not like to walk that path.
When weakness is confessed and turned over to God His strength is then made known and then, and only then, weakness is made perfect. 2 Corinthians 12:9 cites an area in which God’s way is so vastly different than ours, “…my strength is made perfect in weakness. The NLT version is “…My power works best in your weakness.”
The word “perfect” in the KJV is teleioo (tel-i-o’-o) to complete, that is, (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively) consummate (in character): – consecrate, finish, fulfil, (make) perfect.
As long as we treat others according to their weakness and our strength, and without admitting and confessing our weakness we will never hope to be complete, accomplished, or be of character that God intends us to be.