“Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” Luke 12:13-14
This passage also reminds me of what we read in Luke 10:40: “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
Some Christians spend a good part of their Church life trying to fix the problems that they perceive in others, and a good part of their prayer lives trying to get God to fix someone else. In both of these passages, Jesus indicates that He didn’t come to fix other’s problems on their behalf, He came to fix THEM!
Who in your life needs fixing? Don’t fall for it! Don’t allow someone else’s issues to cloud your judgement about yourself. Jesus is NOT involved in YOUR life to fix other’s issues…He’s involved in your life to fix YOU! Here are some guidelines:
1. It’s ok to pray for someone else, as long as you pray for yourself MORE.
2. Stop talking about other’s issues to your friends. You’re only giving away the fact that you are blind to your own faults.
3. When you are tempted to criticize someone else for their problems, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what project He is working on in YOU right now. You might even be surprised to find out that there’s more than one!
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Luke 6:41-42