|Who Are You Calling Deaf?
WHO ARE YOU CALLING
A concerned husband went to a doctor to talk about his wife. "Doctor,
I think my wife is deaf because she never hears me the first time and always
asks me to repeat things."
"Well," the doctor replied, "go home and tonight stand about 15 feet
from her and say something to her. If she doesn't reply move about 5 feet
closer and say it again. Keep doing this so that we'll get an idea about
the severity of her deafness."
Sure enough, the husband goes home and does exactly as instructed.
He starts off about 15 feet from his wife in the kitchen as she is chopping
some vegetables and says, "Honey, what's for dinner?" He hears no response.
He moves about 5 feet closer and asks again. No reply. He moves 5 feet
closer. Still no reply. He gets fed up and moves right behind her, about
an inch away, and asks again, "Honey, what's for dinner?"
She replies, "For the fourth time, vegetable stew!"
Isn't that how we are? We notice other's faults, and if something
is wrong it MUST be with the other person. Yet, the Bible teaches
us to first examine ourselves to see that WE are not the one at fault.
The problem is, we can't always see it. But, God (as with this man)
has a way of showing us if we will only look. That requires a humble
heart and to put away self-righteousness to remember that we are only made
righteous through the blood of the cross. Our brother in Christ is
not perfect. But, then...neither are we!
Matthew 7:3 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's
eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Romans 3:22-24 22. even the righteousness of
God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe.
For there is no difference; 23. for all have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God, 24. being justified freely
by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to
everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he
ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure
--comments by James C. Guy (Author of illustration unknown)