During the last couple months, I have been working in my basement, running electricity, and putting up non-load supporting walls. The electricity has taught me to respect power again as I tie-in to live circuits and sub-panels. While I haven’t gotten hurt, I could easily make a bad decision and electrocute myself. But I’m not here today to talk about power or death. If I was, I would discuss the power of God and how He provides an eternal life for us.
Today, I want to talk about 2x4s. I’ve been putting up extra walls that aren’t load bearing, but are required to finish the final design that I’ve mapped for our basement. While working with 2x4s, I manage to get a splinter in my hands every time because I refuse to wear gloves when working.
If only I would take the time to wear the proper protective equipment, I’d eliminate the pain and ultimate fishing out of splinters from my hands. And that’s when it hit me….
Jesus said “first take the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the chip from your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5
It seems that every day I can find myself judging someone else. But if truth be told, I probably have more issues in my life than others have in theirs.
I need to be wearing protective gear every day in my life. And although that seems rather ridiculous at first, it makes sense. I need to be putting on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6):
- The Belt of Truth
- The Breastplate of Righteousness
- Gospel of Peace
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit (Word of God)
Think about it – If I donned these every day, I don’t believe I would be judging others, but looking to God to see how better to fight against evil.