The Mote & The Beam

Zorab, Minus Megerdich, 1833-1896; The Parable of the Mote and the Beam

The Mote & The Beam

Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 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? 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.”

All too often we hear people, that ave been judged, attempt to quote this scripture. They usually provide their interpretation out of context of the recorded scripture. What they want is to have a justification for casting judgement against another but not be judged themselves by another for their faults. Could they fit this mold in which we find the mote and the beam? 

What is a MOTE? 

A small particle or speck especially of dust or dirt. This, in a spiritual sense, can be a small issue like: smoking, cussing or even wearing the wrong attire. However, some people cannot look past these small things and see the soul in need of a Savior. They only see the small things that this person does and attempts to reform their behavior before they have a reborn mind. Trying to change someone’s habits without changing their mind about their habits will only force them into a public show while privately sinning. This is the very foundation of hypocrisy. 

What is a BEAM?

A relatively long piece of metal, wood, stone or any other various object that is man-made for the purpose of supporting structures. This, in a spiritual sense, can be issues like: meddling with the business of another, attempting to fix something that doesn’t have any flaws and trying to make a carbon copy of yourself (basically acting like God police). This is a really tough subject to speak about since most Christians are BEAMS. They have been through many years of training and have valuable insight in God’s Word. They have been shaped and molded into the image of the person that have discipled them. If we are not careful we will be tempted to turn into a factory. We will be very effective at leading people to Jesus but making ourselves a cookie cutter and expecting them to be just like us. Does God want us to be cookie cut? The bible says:

Psalms 139:13-14

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

If God wanted cookie cut Christians, then why does the bible tell us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made? If we are all the same, one could not praise God for the differences that they have and being wonderfully made.

Remember that you cannot eat a fish, until you catch it first. Many Christians and churches are trying to get unsaved people to act saved before they get saved. Thats like expecting a broke drunken man to put on new clothes and be a different man. You can clean up the outside but the inside is still corrupt. Notice what Jesus said about the outside and the inside:

Matthew 23:27-28

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

Basically, Our Lord is saying that trying to reform the outside without transforming the inside is both useless and futile. Stop trying to love someone in the hope that they will change, it takes a cleaning agent in order to transform and disinfect the inside. I remember I had a trash can downstairs in my basement office that I had put coffee grounds and used k-cups into after my morning devotionals. It became full and I emptied it and then put in a trash can liner. Well, I hadn’t anticipated that the older dairy creamers that spilled inside the can spoiling. This created a horrible odor. Since I spilled creamer on the outside, I cleaned the outside and inserted a scented trashcan liner. This only masked the smell until I put items into the trashcan and it hit me again and again. I had to remove the contents and the liner to get to the root of the issue. Once I did, I dealt with the problem and was able to rid myself of the odor and disinfect the contaminated area. 

Spiritually, when we don’t deal with issues on a personal level we will do all that we can to mask the “odor” in the attempt to hide it. This is case others to notice and they will usually come around with a beam in their eye seeking to correct you. However, the person with the mote can see their house clean so that they won’t have to worry about beam-agers calling them out. On the flip side, these beam-agers should be more concerned with their own personal lives instead of trying to be God’s police and arrest everyone that violates God’s Law. You shouldn’t arrest someone for doing something that you, yourself are guilty of doing. Thou Hypocrite. Show them some Grace and help them get through it. 

Today, remember that hypocrites are the people that points out the issues and flaws of others in an attempt to make themselves look righteous. The truly mature Christian isn’t a hypocrite but they are helpers. The question is “Are You A Hypocrite Or Are You A Helper?” Don’t be like everyone else that points out the mote in someone’s eye, go and get them some Visine so that they can flush it out themselves. Maybe, just maybe, they will help you remove that big beam from your eye sine you helped them. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers n Worship With Willie. 

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