Matthew 7:3-5 – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. NIV
It’s easier for me to see what’s wrong with other people because I am not looking for anything wrong in my life! In fact many of us look for what’s wrong with other people to make ourselves feel superior to them. Interestingly, we often are most critical of things in other people’s lives that are problems in our life. I can still remember a time when I had to give a job review for a great employee. The one thing where I suggested improvement was concerning the messiness of their office! Those of you that know me are laughing already because at times people thought that my office was the annex to the landfill!
The Visual Bible portrays Jesus saying this with humor. It is hyperbole meant to get people laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation while thinking seriously about how they deal with other people. We would do well spend more time bringing the imperfect things in our own lives into Christ-likeness before we attempt to fix someone else. Who knows that if we did that, people might ask us how it happened! Then we would get to tell them about how the Holy Spirit is transforming us.