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Two Tiny Things that Teach Us Valuable Lessons – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

The first lesson I find is from the Lord Jesus when He used a small speck of dust to teach us a lesson about judging others.
 
A lady dusted and dusted all she could see was dust, finally, she took off her glasses and saw they were covered with dust! That illustration fits these verses Jesus gave us about judging others.
(Matthew 7:1-3,5) ”Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but CONSIDEREST not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
It is a warning against hypocritical judgment, not against Biblical judgment. The Lord Jesus immediately followed this by saying look out for logs, hogs and dogs. Jesus did not make a blanket statement against judgment. He simply pointed out a rule for judging! All Jesus is saying is, be careful because for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.
 
Jesus is not condemning all judging; He is condemning hypercritical judging. He has a 2×4 sticking out of his eye, and all he can see is a speck of sawdust in the eye of his brother! Jesus is using sarcasm here and I imagine everyone laughed as He said it. Interestingly both objects, mote and beam, were the same material – wood. Similarly, a toothpick and telephone pole are made from the same thing.
Usually, when a hypocrite begins judging someone else, it’s because he sees the same thing in the other person that is in himself. I heard of a man who bought a new boomerang and knocked himself out trying to throw the old one away!

God calls us to get in the game, not to keep the score. There are some who think that their spiritual gift is to be a ”speck specialist.” We have a natural tendency to see our faults with a telescope, and others with a microscope.
 
The right kind of judging is always and only done based on the right standard and in the right spirit. The problem is that many Christians are ”BEAM-ing” with pride! They are hypocrites, play actors, who can only see the speck in their brother’s eye, but not the 2X4 in their own eye. There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us; that it hardly behooves any of us, to talk about the rest of us. The self-righteous puts himself behind the bench of Judge Jesus. Hypocrisy may very well be the worst form of Idolatry.
 
Before I can ever exercise right judgment, I must FIRST make sure that my own porch is swept off before I can go buy a Shop-Vac and sweep off everyone else’s porch. Standing for right and the truth of God’s Word is not judging. Sin is sin. That’s not Judging, that’s JESUS! Again, if you do it by the right STANDARD (Word of God) and in the right SPIRIT (Spirit of God) you are NOT judging. Conversely, someone who is reproved, when taken in the right spirit, will not consider it judging, but they will be grateful that someone had the courage to confront them and try to steer them in the right direction.
 
You cannot judge a tree by its leaves, but you can judge a tree by its fruit. You cannot judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a book by its contents. I have found that those who are dead to self will see the need to judge themselves far more than they do to judge others. The closer I get to Christ, the more that I will hate the sin in my own life.
 
May God help the tongues in our mouth and the tongues in our shoes to go in the same direction. We don’t have to apologize for standing for truth and right. But, when we do, let’s make sure we’re not play-acting, and not sitting in the seat of the scornful.
 
Lesson two comes from a small insect mentioned in the Book of Proverbs – the Ant. (Proverbs 6:6-7) ”Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler.”
Ants are Critters, but they aren’t QUITTERS. Have you ever noticed, whenever you see ants, they are always active and busy? And being as busy as they are, they always attend EVERY picnic! The ant doesn’t have anyone to do its work for them. They don’t have a supervisor telling them what to do, when to do it and how to do it. They must take the initiative if they are going to survive. An ant can carry 50 times its own body weight for 100 yards. That would be equivalent to me heaving a Hyundai over my head and running 17 miles! One of the unique features of the ant is their unity and cooperation. They hook together and link up to literally make a bridge in order to overcome obstacles.
 
What a picture for the body of Christ!! We are to pull together, not pull apart. Ants aren’t selfish; they will leave out some sugar and see how many buddies he can bring back! One ant finds something good and invites the whole gang! How we ought to ”consider her ways,” and share the good news of the gospel. It’s too good to keep to yourself!
 
The ant prepares for the future. They don’t wait until it’s too late. Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. While everybody else is idle, the ant is busy storing, stocking and supplying for what lies ahead. We should be preparing for what’s coming. (Hebrews 9: 27) ”It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Are you like the ant and prepared for the future? Consider the ant and be wise.
 
 

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