WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE 2017
TOPIC: CHANGING THE WORLD
TEXT: Luke 6:41-45 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst
thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye….”
It’s a full-time job trying to get people to change. Oh, what a perfect world it would be—if only other people would do what we want! Changing the world— begins with you. Not what most of us want to hear! Jesus told a parable about the problem of not seeing our own faults. He said, “How can you say to your brother, Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye” (Luke 6:42).
Being able to see other people’s faults easily without ever noticing my own is not just an indication of hypocrisy. It can be a wake-up call that the problem in a struggling relationship may be me. Perhaps it’s my attitude that needs to change. Or I’m the one who needs to apologize. Maybe I’m the person who needs a humble spirit.
It’s a lesson some of us have to learn over and over. We can’t change others, but with God’s help we can change our own behavior. When our attitude changes, it may seem as if others have changed as well. To change can be a wonderful prospect, though often it’s met with résistance; the transformation begins within us and will take a lot of persistence. You need to be the change you want to see. When God works a change in us He can change others through us.
MEDITATION: Proverbs 20:27
Deut. 19; Ps. 106; Isaiah 46; Rev. 16