We hope and pray that you are attached to the right things, and the right people in the right place. What we attach ourselves to can either make us useful or useless. Let’s talk about that…
I was doing some work this week which required the use of one of the greatest inventions in human history, at least in the viewpoint of rednecks; duct tape. It has held cars, carpet, cabinets, walls, windows, wounds, boxes, bicycles, buses and just about everything together at one time or another. The one caution a duct tape technician must heed at all cost is to avoid allowing the duct tape to fold over and get stuck on itself. It is a total waste of time to try to unstick and use this superhero grade adhesive. The only thing to do is to tear it loose and toss it in the trash. Duct tape that is stuck on itself cannot be used.
The thought occurred to me that people can go by the same rule of thumb. I was reading Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia in the 6th chapter and 3rd verse and found these confirming words, “For if any man think himself to be something, when he is nothing he deceiveth himself.” FYI, none of us are anything, but we are all nothing without the grace of God. The context of that passage is when we see a brother or sister in the Lord who is getting attached to the wrong people, things or priorities, we are to try to restore them without getting stuck ourselves. Romans 12:3 adds, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.“
I want to submit that this condition, among other things, is the seed from which the fruit of the Don’t Judge Me individual who live in a Glass House springs. Pride is nothing more than a person who is stuck on themselves. The rules and standards everyone else is held to do not apply to them. They feel they can say, do, or wear whatever they want, however or whenever they feel like it and no one has any grounds to say a word about it. Don’t point out my sin, just look at my positive aspects. Only problem is, there is not one bit of Bible for that line of thinking. Matthew 7:1 is the favorite misquoted passage of the DJM person. But, if they read on through verse 5 they would understand that the only way we can point out a sin problem in order to help that brother overcome it is to first make sure there is no fault in that area ourselves. By the way… we ALL live in glass houses. People are always watching, so… folks who live in glass houses ought not walk around with little or no clothes on.
The best way to keep from getting stuck in this position is to do what I Corinthians 11:31 says, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” Let us not allow pride to get us stuck in a prideful sin-situation that we cannot easily get unstuck from or that would render us useless in the work of the Lord.
God Bless You!