When you take pictures of really bright object, it blinds out the area around it. This is a picture of a sparkle I light up on the Fourth of July. You would think by the looks of this picture it was pitch dark outside, and there wasn’t a spot of light anywhere. If you look at he pictures below you can tell it was early in the evening.
This caused me to think about how often when we look at people, we allow things to blind us to who they really are. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount challenged us to ignore the speck.
“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:3-5
Often times we meet people, and we only see what is on the outside. We either ignore the beauty on the inside or ignore the true plight of their souls. I heard a sermon last week about our need for friends and people to share the journey with. We ask God to give us more people to fellowship with personally, and often times we say not them. We are too busy looking at the outward appearance and ignoring the heart. God puts people in our lives for a reason, and we need to accept His will for us.
Other times we are too busy looking at the problems someone has ignore the true issue of their heart. Often times we see someone as flawed, and we do not want them as a part of our Christian fellowship. We see the things they are doing, and we criticize them for it. We expect those who are not believers to act like believers. In recent years, America has strayed away from its early Judeo-Christian roots. We get angry and upset, and we expect non-Christians to act like Christians. We think differently because we have the Holy Spirit in our lives, and He guides us on how we are supposed to live and think.
At the end of the day, we need to remember two things:
1) We need to focus on the heart, and look to meet the needs of those around us. After all, that’s what Jesus did.
2) We always need to remember to keep our own hearts in check. Too often, we focus on others in order for us not to focus on ourselves.