April 20, 2021

Tyler Keese
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Matthew 7:3-5

One of my favorite past times is playing armchair quarterback while watching the Dallas Cowboys in mid-season form. In case you’re wondering, an armchair quarterback is someone who will watch a game and critique every wrong decision a quarterback makes throughout a game (as if the armchair quarterback could do any better).

When I reflect on these verses in Matthew 7, I see how we as people can be “armchair quarterbacks” towards others in our daily lives. We can point, call out, and give remedies for other people’s sin and poor decisions, while losing sight of the humbling truth that we are just as full of sin despair without Christ’s forgiveness.

May our hearts be turned today toward inward repentance instead of outward judgment. My prayer is that we become people who model Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 11:1. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Let us lead the way by being examples of healing and repentance for ourselves, not just speaking it into other’s lives.