In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). Jesus is pointing out our incredible ability to detect even the slightest sin in other people, while totally missing the sin in our own life.
I saw a great illustration of this at our kids club at church. I was teaching the kids about the Ten Commandments, delving into the meaning of each commandment. The children were easily able to understand them, giving example after example of how they have seen their brother or their sister or their friend had broken the various commandments. They told of how their friend stole something from a store. They told of how their brother lied to their parents. They told of how they have heard others use God’s name in vain. They told of the marital failures of their parents. On and on they went with examples of how they had witnessed others breaking the Ten Commandments. Clearly they understood each of the commandments.
When we were finished going through all of the commandments, I asked the kids if any of them had ever broken one of the Ten Commandments. In unison, all of them said that they hadn’t broken any of the commandments. Then, I pushed them a little bit, “You haven’t broken any of these commandments?” They all insisted that they hadn’t. Like Jesus said, they could see the speck in others, but missed the log in their own eye. We will work on this over in the weeks and months to come.