Once there was a young man who could not stop pointing out the sins of others. The following is a fairly close to word for word account of a conversation he had with the preacher where he was attending services (or at least that is what I read).
He approached the preacher one Sunday after the worship service and said, “Preacher, I won’t be going to church anymore.”
The preacher responded, “But why?”
So the young man said, “I’m glad you asked. I saw a sister speaking bad about another sister. I saw a brother who engages regularly in ‘shady’ business dealings. I saw one of the deacons living wrong. Yesterday I saw someone looking at FaceBook on their phone during your sermon. And I could go on...but you get the idea.”
The preacher replied, “OK. But before you go, do me a favor: take a full glass of water and walk three times around the church building without spilling a drop of water on the floor. Afterwards, you can leave if you want to.”
Well, the young man thought to himself, this is too easy!
So he went and got a full glass of water and walked around the church building three times, just like the preacher had asked. When he finished, he went back to the preacher and said he was done.
And the preacher asked, “When you were walking around the church building, did you see a sister speaking bad about another sister?”
“Well, no,” was the reply.
“Did you see anyone looking at their phone?”
“Do you know why?”
“You were focused on the glass, to make sure you didn’t tip it and spill any water. It’s the same with our life. When our focus is on our Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others.”
So, where’s YOUR focus?