“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 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? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” –Jesus (Matthew 7:1-5)
The worship team was playing and the song was halfway done, but my mind kept racing to other things. I was thinking about a messy situation I found myself in. I was imagining all sorts of ways it could be cleared up, if my friends would only see things in a different light and take my advice. This judgment was coming from love, and I truly believed the situation could be fixed if people only saw things the way I wanted them to.
And then the pastor asked us to see if there were any areas in which we needed forgiveness. He said to confess those to the Lord and to leave them at the cross.
And then I realized how very much power I was giving myself. I was, in my mind, saying that I could fix everyone’s problems because I knew so much.
In Job, the Lord questions Job, “Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?” (Job 40:9)
I had taken my eyes off of Jesus because the storm was too stressful, and had attempted to fix it myself.
I had forgotten that the Maker of the waves was standing right before me, arms stretched wide, nailed to the cross…for me and for those exact people I was worried about.
It is not my job to fix the world.
I can leave that to the One who formed it.
My job is “to walk humbly with [my] God” (Micah 6:8b).
My job is to come to Jesus, to ask him for forgivness and healing, and then to be open to being his vessel wherever and whenever he chooses to use me.
I can pray for the hurting world I see, and then leave it in my Father’s hands.
Today, let’s grow in
- Acknowledging God’s dominion over earth and our inadequacy to perform (even just to breathe) by our own might
- Cultivating sensitive hearts, confessing our wrongs, and asking the Lord to search and cleanse us (see Psalm 139:23-24)
- Praying faithfully for the hurts we see in the world
- …then leaving them in God’s able hands and trusting him to take care of it
- And last but not least, let’s be open to God and aware of where he places us, allowing him to use us in his glorious plan.
Happy Saturday, folks!!