You tell me, who has the most crucial opinion? Judge for yourself. This is all pointing in the same direction. Your opinion. Your judgment is what runs your life.
How often do you check a mirror?
In Matthew 7, Jesus closes the lesson of the beatitudes with a little self-examination. Always check yourself at the door. Make sure you get yourself in order before you give advice. If you want help, ask God. He even goes so far as say “ask, seek and knock.”
What is the strength of your life?
Most importantly, Jesus says look at the world around you. Some people build on God’s solid rock. What have you established your reputation on? There are storm warnings in the forecast. Look all around you. Judge for yourself, are you ready.
Where is your faith?
Chapter 8 is all about faith and those who trusted in God. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Compare yourself to these guys: the leper, the Centurian, and the crowds that were growing. Then get in the boat with Jesus and listen to him command the sea, the wind and waves to be still. As you move through life, ask Jesus to increase your faith and help you to clean out and doubts.
Let’s say a prayer. Lord, I choose to trust you. Lord help me to be honest about who I am. I want to see myself as a sparrow who relies on your goodness and love. Calm the storms of life. I believe you are stronger than what I see. Amen.