August 2, 2020
Stay In Your Lane
Mark 9:39-40 (KJB) But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. 40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
Every sincere child of God struggles with both noticing and pointing out sin among his or her brothers and sisters in Christ, perhaps often without giving proper consideration to his or her propensity to sin. Jesus gives us instructions concerning this; in essence, He tells us to stay in your own lane. Not to plow another person’s path in an attempt to clear their roadway of sin, all the while ignoring our blemishes.
The truth is that every genuine Christian is traveling along the same path towards eternity, and ought to work together rather than allowing backbiting and infighting among the brethren, which only serves to hurt the cause of Christ.
Take note of what Jesus declares in verse below. He says to take care of your spiritual flaws first; then, you can better help others steer clear of sin, not having a hypocritical nature towards others.
Matthew 7:3-5 (KJB) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 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? 5 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.
Yes, our first goal should always be to bring honor and glory to Christ in everything that we do and say. This spiritual goal always includes harmony in our relationships with others, especially among other brothers and sisters in Christ. The only way a child of God can accomplish this lofty goal in our interpersonal relationships is to serve God and to pursue truth according to His will for our life. In other words, Jesus tells us that we should love and desire to work with other professing believers in promoting grace and truth:
2 Corinthians 13:8 (KJB) For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Even though we will undoubtedly notice both the flaws and fruit production present in the lives of others, our main project is to serve God and take care of our own lane in this life first. Only then are we able and ready to be sent to help others clear the sin and spiritual debris from their life.
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