Jesus told his disciples a parable, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye. “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”
A few years back, I went to a local hospital’s emergency room to get something out of my eye. Not soon after that, I found that I had a speck in my eye. A trip to the eye doctor revealed that I had a “floater” – a remnant of whatever was in my eye that was now caught between layers within my eyeball permanently and directly over my eye lens. The doctor went on to tell me that no matter what they did (or what I could do myself) to help to treat my eye, it would never fully-remove the “floater”. Jesus is quick to remind all of us on this imperfect side of Heaven, that we, too, will always have “wooden beams” in our eyes – what I’ve come to refer to as our “Spiritual floaters”. They are, in fact, permanent in this world and won’t be fully-Healed until we are fully-Healed by the Fire and Water that await us in our final judgements in Heaven. Many who have been to Heaven, come back to tell us about it – and many share that they saw a River of Life that flows out from the Throne of God. And many are allowed to pass through It to be “Cleansed”. They learn that the River is actually the Holy Spirit and what looks like an opportunity to be Soaked by Him turns into folks coming out of the other side of the River fully-dry, and, more importantly, fully-Restored. So, let’s be sure to remember that no matter how “Good” we think that we are (or how “Better” that we think that we are than others), we all have (and will always have) “Spiritual floaters” in this world – and nobody should be casting any first stones at another. It’s when we focus our “floater-filled” eyes on Jesus alone that we are reminded that, in the end, it’s all about Him.