“Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?” Matthew 7:4
I love these verses. They are some of the most convicting yet most misused verses. Even the unbelieving world can be heard quoting the first one:
“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? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam 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.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
Many use these verses as a blanket covering for their sin. To not be judged for their actions since “only God can judge.” This statement, however, is not in context to the entire passage.
The Bible here is commanding us to be careful with throwing judgment, (this form of judgment being condemnation), for the same severity by which we judge others’ faults, the same we will be judged. The Bible is very clear in judging (determining) whether an individual be causing divisions within the church or are denying Christ. (1 Corinthians 5).
Matthew 7:3 is so strong. The word mote comes from the Greek word karphos which was a small speck of sawdust, in contrast to the beam being the Greek word dokos, a massively large supportive rafter that could hold the weight of an entire house.
God is saying, “How can you behold: stare at, gaze upon, contemplate, inspect the smallest fault in another, yet you choose to completely ignore the obvious beam that is protruding from your own eye.” In verse 5 it said that the beam has even caused us to not be able to see clearly!
“My judgment of others is truly based on the judgement that I refuse to give myself.”
Logically, how can someone be so focused on a small speck of wood in another’s eye, and clearly ignore the sin that is so obvious before their own. It must only come from willful neglect. I choose to overlook my beam so I can work harder to focus on my brother/sister’s speck. I refuse to deal with my own sin.
“God must bring me to a place of repentance for the beam that is in my own eye before I can ever help others.“
Jonah was called by God but he ran. (Jonah 1).
Now he is in direct disobedience against God’s Will for his life. He was commanded to preach repentance to a nation of great wickedness. He was told to go to the Assyrian capital city, Nineveh. God could never use Jonah until he turned to Him and repented of His sin of disobedience against God. It took 3 days in the belly of a great fish to bring Jonah to this place of surrender.
Now a new man, lying on a beach, he gathered himself and walked toward God’s Call. Each step taking him in God’s Way. God brought a miracle through Jonah’s message. A message that Jonah had experienced himself. Repentance.
“Jonah’s message of repentance was now one of power because he had seen it transform his own life.”
He was running from the obvious. An obvious need for God to transform him, renew him, make him like Christ, and carry a message of repentance and hope.
God spared the Assyrians because they, too, repented and turned to serving Him. Through one man’s ministry, God directly postponed the Assyrian invasion of Israel 150 years!
What beam is God speaking to you about, so you can minister to others?
Or are you still running from the obvious?