Self Made Saints

Matthew 9:10. While he was having dinner at Matthew’s a home, many tax collectors and sinners arrived and began eating with Jesus and his disciples.
I have tried to imagine who would be categorized in today’s communities as sinners, who would fit that class of people and i thought of corrupt policemen, civil servants in key potions of service to the public, and others of such kind. Such people when corrupt or use their position or office for their selfish personal gain would become a bother to the community and thus be labled bad people. So today people would have refered to a Policemen as a sinner.
The problem here is that, when you call someone a sinner what do you become? A saint? a saint who is seen as a filthy rug before God! A saint who would not stand before God guiltless! A saint just like the accusers of the woman brought to Jesus caught in a very act yet are full of hidden sins in their lives! Were the disciples and other people around Jesus justified in calling Matthew and his colleagues sinners? That is likely the type of christians we are today. Those who only see others sins and errors but ours are out of reach and out of discussion, in fact we consider ourselves saints, spiritual giants, untouchable.
“Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you don’t see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you’ll see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:41-42
I guess many of us get into the trap of the evil one to consider ourselves better spiritually than others around us. We place ourselves as the spiritual yard stick for others, if they do not measure up to us, they are simply sinners. Jesus would have called us hypocrites, the so called christians, Christ’s flag bearers of the 21 century. So search your life and your soul and find out the beam of sin that need to be truely removed so that you can become a true saint and by the time you are done getting rid of the log you would have seen others as the children of God that Jesus died to redeem.
“Those who are ready to condemn their brethren, would do well to examine their own works and character. Such an examination, honestly made, will reveal the fact that they, too, have defects of character, and have made grave blunders in their work. If the great Judge should deal with men as they deal with their fellow workers, they would regard him as unkind and unmerciful.” – E. G. White {Christian Leadership p.59}
By A. Eliamani

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