Wash & Be Clean

Don’t do it. I know it comes so easy to us all, but Don’t Be Judgy. (Matthew 7:1-6) I know, I could’ve lived truly happy with a snide remark and a cross look, but God said, NO! As we’ve walked with this sermon, Jesus has met us where we live, reminding us of our need for humility and the blessing of allowing Him to work on, in and through our life. Revealing how difficult it is to live everything our Lord has taught us in His own Sermon on Mt. Beatitude. You and I, like all truly faithful saints, who’ve walked the narrow way of Christ have had to put aside being judgy. Taking off the mask of our stage acting past, laying aside our self-righteousness, and accepting our need of a Savior able to wash us clean and one-day deliver us from this body of death. Jesus looks at the scribes and Pharisees known for their harsh judgy ways and says Judge not. Matthew 7:1~Judge not, that you be not judged. (ESV) This isn’t a court reference of judgment, nor a lobed shot at across the bow of discernment. As believers, we are to be discerning. 

Listen to 1 John 4:1~Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (NIV) Thus, Jesus continues, by saying in Matthew 7:2~For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure (μετρέω metreō) you use it will be measured (ἀντιμετρέω antimetreō) to you. (ESV) This means the standard we use to judge others is the same standard by which the Lord God will judge us. We find the Lord teaching this standard principle again in Luke 6:38~Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure (μετρέω metreō) you use, it will be measured (ἀντιμετρέω antimetreō) to you.” (NIV) 

The Lord says the way we measure boomerangs back into our life. When I was a kid, my next-door neighbor and best-friend was Tim. Yes, he was also my sparing partner more times than I can remember with old those leather boxing gloves my dad used to settle neighborhood disputes. We were investors of the Cool. Things as seen on TV that could be purchased with box tops and G and H stamps for the price of Shipping and Handling, what a racket that was. As the proud purveyors of Break dancin’ cardboard, light-up balls that never worked, flying actions figures, (said with attitude) they are not dolls if they are green, and yes even a bright red boomerang with black and yellow stripes, though it never worked until we read the instructions. You’ll just have to forgive me, I grew up in an archaic time before eBay and Amazon, and google? Heck, Larry Page is my age. This was a time when Phones only came two ways, both with cords, one on a wall and one in a bag. The only smart thing about them was knowing the procedure for operation, called Following De-Structions.

Jesus says to all who are listening, giving has a boomerang effect on our lives. Whether we are giving out our own judgy vibe or we give our lives away. We receive back by the measure we use. If we judge others harshly, God will judge us harshly. Then Jesus asks in Matthew 7:3-4~ Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in yours? (ESV) The word log can also be translated beam, that is what holds our roof up, like the capsized ribs of a ship. This is called hyperbole where we emphasize a point. Jesus says you’re blind to your own problems, so how can you even see theirs? Are you a faultfinder? Psychologists tell us we are quickest to condemn in others the same faults we recognize in ourselves. What you talking about Willis? Jeremiah 17:9~The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (NIV)

Jesus says I understand the heart and can help. It all begins with you and me. When we remove our faults by laying them at the foot of the cross then learning and applying the ways of Jesus Christ, we take a step on the path of righteousness Following His Instructions. Humility, which is required of all believers means we begin with our own sins and faults. In other words, we must confess our own sin, which is often pride, self-righteousness, or a Judgy spirit. Listen to the psalmist in Psalm 51:10~Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (ESV) 

Today, ask God to create in you a clean heart and a right spirit. It is so easy to think we are good, but the truth is we are not. We need Jesus in our lives. Today, I want you to place your whole life under the blood of Christ. Ask God to search you and cleanse you and take time to thank Him for all He has done. Know that the Lord who began a good work in you will bring it to a flourishing finish. (Philippians 1:6)

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