Jesus Christ, in His ministry on the earth was a master, really a genius, at painting word pictures in ways that even a child could understand. And in what is referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount,” He was gathered before thousands along the Sea of Galilee and He painted a word picture about judging others.
He said something like this: “When you see someone with a speck (a little piece of dust- maybe a little grain of something) in their eye, and you go to them to try and get that speck out of their eye, and you’ve got a log in your own, well, ”you look like an idiot.” Now, He didn’t use the words, “You look like an idiot,” but what He was seeking to communicate in painting the word picture is that we do look like idiots when we seek to judge others for what may be even a minor flaw in them, when we have a major flaw of sin in our life.
Jesus tells us, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” In other words, the way you judge others is the way that God is going to judge you. When a person genuinely feels like they are basically good and are morally superior than those around them, or those they see or read about in the news, that’s a classic sign of a person that is far from God. Because the closer we come to Christ, the more we’re aware of our own sinfulness. The further we are from God, the more we feel that we are basically good.
So, does that describe you? Is that really how you feel deep down inside? If the answer is yes, it’s time for you to seek forgiveness and ask God to show you how you can let go of those thoughts of superiority and let Him be the judge. Because He is, you know – the ultimate judge – and jury.