HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?
It amazes me how quickly we can see the faults and short comings of others... However, it is a difficult task for a person to STOP, and take a good look at himself or herself. Let me ask you kindly to look deeply into the mirror of your soul and evaluate your own life!
Seldom do men recognize that we are all just human. Man at his very best is still a sinful, selfish creature...
It seems that every man is born with the heart of a judge! We all have an opinion about the situations and conditions of life around us. This can be a good thing if it is controlled with the right spirit. The Bible says, “He that is spiritual, judgeth all things” (1 Cor.2:15). This is referring to our responsibility to discern between good and evil; what pleases God and what displeases Him according to His Holy Word.
However, the Lord Jesus told us “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt.7:1). In that portion of Scripture the He was speaking primarily about the subject of SELF EXAMINATION. In other words, don’t look at the splinter that is in your neighbors eye when you haven’t first removed the beam out of your own eye. Our tendency is to ignore our own faults. Our inclination is to be concerned about the affairs of others when in fact it is none of our business.
In the last chapter of John’s gospel, we find our resurrected Lord Jesus walking with the Apostle Peter and the Apostle John. Peter could not help himself as he saw the beloved John with Jesus and so he asked Christ, “Lord, and what shall this man do?” (John21:21) That seems to be the typical attitude of all as we concern ourselves with the personal affairs of our friends. (What is my neighbor doing or not doing?) But Jesus rebuked Peter and told him that the will of God for John was not Peter’s concern, rather simply for Peter to follow the Lord Jesus!
If we are ever going to see ourselves properly, as the Lord sees us, we must stop looking so much at others and concentrate our energy on our own weaknesses. For example, a problem with our temper! When we get into our car and drive in traffic we find the pressure sometimes overwhelming! Naturally, we like to think of ourselves as “perfect” drivers and everyone else is in our way... I know that losing my temper displeases our Lord Jesus! It doesn’t matter if I am at fault or the other driver, I must remind myself that we are all human. We all make mistakes. We all need patience. We all need forgiveness...
The solution to our dilemma is quite simple! Most people are in such a hurry through life that they don’t have time to see themselves through God’s eyes. They are too busy blaming everyone else for the mess this world is in today! The fact is, we are all sinners before a Righteous and Holy God. He sees inside of every one of us.
Jesus, the Great Physician, examines inside of you and me with His all-knowing “X-RAY” eyes and finds spiritual cancer internally. He sees pride and calls you a sinner. He sees bitterness in your heart and says you are a sinner in need of a Saviour! He finds evil thoughts in your mind and declares you need a cleansing through the blood of the Lamb! Jesus knows everything that we think and do.
Do you see yourself as pure without sin, or do you see yourself as a sinner? Heaven is for sinners only! Jesus said, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I CAME NOT TO CALL THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT SINNERS TO REPENTANCE” (Mark 2:17). Christ is saying, to be saved men must see that they are sick with sin. If you see yourself in need of the Saviour, then you are ready to be saved! “Why not bow your head now and pray while you have the opportunity? “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:14).