DayBreaks for 05/23/12 – The Monkey In the Bed
John 8:7 (NIV) – When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Max Lucado tells a story (I think it was a made-up story, but I don’t know for sure) and said that one day his wife brought home a monkey. His daughters were thrilled but he wasn’t; he had all kinds of questions. Where was the monkey going to eat? His wife said that it was going to sit at the table and eat with them, just like the rest of the family. Then he asked her where it was going to sleep? And she told him it was going to sleep in their bed. Then he asked, “But what about the smell?” And she said, “Oh, he’ll get used to you, I did.”
Then Max drew the lesson out of the story as he always does: “Before you comment on the odor of someone else, check your own odor first.” That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Unity must start with us and our own personal relationship with Christ. Before we can live in unity with others, we must first be one with Christ. Our lives have to be knit together with His life through faith.
And as it pertains to judging others, we are well reminded to check our own odor first!
PRAYER: Jesus, let us be one with you in unity and purpose! And let us not grow to be at peace with the odiferous aspects of our lives, but live humbly and in recognition of our sinfulness at all times! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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