He wants us to have the dust out of our eyes so we can see clearly.
Matthew 7:5: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Home Front: Mind the home front first. Jesus is repetitive on this point. Taking care of ourselves is His focus for us.
Windy: This area I live in has a constant wind blowing. Sometimes the wind is 5 miles an hour. Sometimes the wind is 25 miles an hour. Always it is blowing dust and particles up into the air and eyes. That can leave you bleary-eyed. I keep a bottle of saline solution in my desk against those days when I catch something in the walk from the parking lot to the office. It helps clear out any particle that blew in. Even the smallest particle of dust can cause my vision to be clouded.
Clear: How can you focus when you are bleary-eyed? Jesus wants us to be cleary-eyed. He wants us to have the dust out of our eyes so we can see clearly.
Greg’s Hobnob: Greg’s feelings of joy were not echoed by Jake. Greg was happy to see an old friend coming to his church. Jake was not happy. He and Greg had been friend’s years before. Then Greg started hobnobbing with some do-gooders and would have nothing to do with him. Those were painful memories for Jake. Those emotions washed up on the shore of his mind as he walked. Funny, how something from that long ago still affected him. He was getting angry. His wife was looking at him oddly wondering what was going on and what was getting ready to happen. This is how he looked when he came home drinking.
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ACT! Get some particle out. Want is going on in your life that needs washed out? Is someone else’s particle in your eye and you just need to be looking elsewhere?
PRAY! Father, help me be cleary-eyed. Help me to tend to my business with You instead of worrying about others. Surely, they have enough dust of their own. Surely I need to keep my eyes clear. Help me stay out of other’s activities in judgement. Sufficient for me are the issues to which I need to tend.