Throwing Rocks at People

Throwing Rocks at People

Please don’t tell anyone, but most of the time I think I’m better than you.

Sure, I fudged a few numbers last week. But I know a guy who cheated someone out of thousands of dollars. I’ve never done that. That guy is a scoundrel.

Ya, I watched something I shouldn’t have on TV. But I know this lady who committed adultery. Shame, shame!

I was brushing my teeth this morning when I realized I think I’m better than most people. I stopped and stared at myself in the mirror. White, toothpasty foam was rolling down the sides of my mouth and onto my hand.

In that moment it hit me. Man, I look buff in this shirt.

I bet that’s not what you were thinking was gonna hit me.

That’s my point I guess. There’s all kind of wicked in this old heart of mine. It’s full of arrogance and vanity and self-justification.

That’s probably why Jesus threw out the challenge to the guys who wanted to stone the lady caught in adultery.  “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

Jesus wasn’t saying her sin wasn’t bad. He was saying all of our sin is detestable and he’s the only one who knows the extent of the depravity in my heart. I need help.

I have to remind myself of that – ALL THE TIME.

It keeps me humble. And reminds me to be grateful that it’s by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9