Title: The Blind Cannot Lead the Blind
Text: Luke 6:35-42
I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst.
Our Father is kind; you be kind.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
He quoted a proverb: ” ‘Can a blind man guide a blind man?’ Wouldn’t they both end up in the ditch? An apprentice doesn’t lecture the master. The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher.
“It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
Truth: Never lift yourself up so high that you evaluate others according to what you think is right and good while there remain wrong and bad habits and attitudes that God is working out in your own life. Love others as God loves them, just as He loves you too.
Thoughts: Wait a minute Jesus, are you asking us to love even the unlovable people in our lives? YES! This is exactly what Jesus is saying. It is far too easy to love those who love you and are lovable in our eyes, but think how more valuable it is to love those who are hard to love. We need to be as gracious and generous with others in our life just as God is gracious and generous with us. Our kindness and patience with others must seek always to be measured by God’s kindness and patience.
When is it ever right for you to judge others? Who made you a worthy judge? This world has far too many people who would rather be a judge of others than judge their own lives. There can be only one judge, and none of us can qualify to be the judge of others since we have our own mistakes and shortcomings in our life to deal with. Rather than judge, why not lend a hand to others. Seek to connect with others rather than reject others because they are not perfect, just as we are not perfect.
Jesus said it this way, if we are still blind to our own poor and improper attitudes and actions in our own lives, how can we expect to lead others who are just as blind as us to correct their attitudes and actions? Think of a blind man leading another blind man – neither knows where they are walking. What will be the likely outcome for both of the blind men?
Finally, before you set yourself up to judge others spend time in the mirror and make sure you are acceptable before God who is your judge first and foremost. Never set yourself up as the expert on right and wrong, because you will be judged more harshly for how you judge others. Become a friend first. You must earn the right to help others. A true friend always helps others to be better, and never tears others down to make themselves feel better.
These are not just practical guidelines. These are truths about relationships that Jesus honors. Your life will be filled with less obstacles and challenges from others if you choose to live life being generous and gracious towards others. People are drawn to people who will help them become better and they will feel safer and more secure. People will follow those who reveal the right and good way to live, rather than just tell them what is wrong and bad about their lives.
My final advice on this subject is this: Never seek to be the lone leader trying to lead others on your own. Rather, show others how to follow you as you follow in the footsteps of Jesus as your leader and role model. Others should find Jesus by following you.