Ever have something said to you that you aren’t quite sure how to respond to? I did today when I was at church.
After the service, I was in our Hospitality Room getting some coffee,when someone I didn’t know approached me. They introduced themselves and shared with me that they were visiting someone they knew. Then they shared with me that they enjoyed my message that morning, which I thanked them for saying (and no, that is not the interesting statement).
This person then said the following statement to me…
“I don’t go to church myself…I am not a church goer. But I just wanted to say that I really like what you are doing here with the teenagers, because teens today just don’t care about going to church. They aren’t interested in church, and that’s sad.”
Such an unexpected statement…and a very interesting one.
‘I don’t care about going to church, but I think others (specifically teens) should care about going.’ That is essentially what they said. And, it’s a bit hypocritical.
It made me think of the following passage of scripture:
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
This is a crazy exaggeration to make a big point…don’t focus on what you think is wrong with someone else and ignore your own issue. Take care of the plank in your own eye before focusing on the speck in someone else’s.
We are good at ignoring what’s wrong in our life but seeing, focusing on, and even judging what we think it wrong in someone else’s life. And that is not right. We should focus on our self first.
If you think going to church is important, then it should be evident in your own life first. You shouldn’t be focusing on and caring if others are making it important in their life if you aren’t making it important in your own life.
And this applies to more than just church…it really applies to anything. If you say that something is important but don’t actually make it important, then you don’t have the right to say it should be important to someone else.
Take care of your own business first, don’t just ignore it and try to take care of the business of others.