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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: His Speck, My Plank

By Ken Horn
Feb. 13, 2011

A man began attending a church I pastored. Coming from a freewheeling charismatic background, he loved the Lord but had heard little doctrine. He knew a lot about the joy of the Holy Spirit and not much about holiness. Some criticized him because some of his ways did not look “holy.”

And there were definitely some things about his Christian walk that needed improvement. (Isn’t that true about all of us?) But there was one thing he didn’t do that I suspected many of the people in our congregation did on a regular basis. He never missed an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus, about what God had done in his life.

And he actually led people to the Lord! Think of it … all without being perfect.

Have you ever sat in church and thought of all the people you think the sermon applies to?

Soren Kierkegaard said, “When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.’”

I confess. That’s the kind of self-talk I need. And I have a hunch I’m not alone. It is very easy for “discernment” to turn into judgmentalism.

Jesus addressed this in Matthew 7:1-3 (NKJV): “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

We may piously sit in the pew, praying that the preacher’s words be received by that erring brother in the third row, that he might raise his standards of holiness to our own, while ignoring the pleading of the Holy Spirit in our own life to quit a hypocritical display of holiness, dig deeper spiritually, and do more for God.

Jesus said to get rid of the plank first (Matthew 7:5), and to do the big things as well as the small (Matthew 23:23).

Ken Horn

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