I recently came across some verses that forced me to pause and ponder. I invite you to ponder these same verses for a few moments.
He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. – (Luke 6:39-42 ESV)
For years, I had read these verses and heard them taught in church and one thing had always been focused on in those verses. “You are a hypocrite for pointing out the flaws of others when you have your own flaws.” That is what I remember hearing in church so often as I was growing up. Make sure you avoid doing the wrong thing!
Unfortunately, this has given many individuals a sour taste regarding church and religion, simply because we did not focus on doing the right thing. We were so busy avoiding the wrong thing that we missed doing what was right as well. The result is that our children, and in some cases grandchildren, have learned the same thing.
In the middle of these verses, Jesus says, “everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher”.
This is a profound statement. It instructs us to be careful whom we allow to teach us. It also instructs us to be careful what we teach others.
First, we are to be careful who influences our lives. I ask you this question, who do you take advice from? Does this person receive his or her instruction from scripture? Do you post a question on social media and take the best response? Do you carefully pick the people that are allowed to influence your life?
For example, if you watch hours of The Big Bang Theory, you will begin to think like the characters of that television. Values that would never be okay will gradually become acceptable.
Second, if you are person who influences others; you have a responsibility to lead individuals down a path that will not cause you both to stumble in a pit.
Today, as you ponder these verses, are you carefully considering who you allow to influence your decision? Is Scripture at the top of your list? Are you pouring Godly values into the lives of others?
Life is a journey. The journey is more fruitful when we seek and give advice that honor Jesus Christ.