There are certain traits or items that can take all the focus and obstruct the view of other things. It is important to pay attention to details and not become lost in the one glaring item. When we remove larger more distinct things we are are able to see many more other things much more clearly.
John The Baptist was great on this one. Many people were trying to point to him as the greatest prophet but he was quick to remind the people that one was coming who was even greater than he. John was able to keep his heart and mind right. Even though he was a very persuasive person with a larger personality and persona, he used it all to direct people to Jesus. It is essential that we point others to Christ and not ourselves. Jesus is the only one whom we should point to. He is the only one who should get all the attention!
There are other things that can become dominating things in our lives that take all of our focus and capture people’s eyes and attention. We have to fight to keep these things from overshadowing other good and great things in life. By stepping back and or removing a large good thing, we are able to see many wonderfully brilliant smaller things, each as lovely as the one large things we removed.
What are some large dominating items in your life? Personality? Talent?
What problems or issues seem so big in your life?
How does a certain person, problem, or perspective seem to keep you from seeing all the other wonderful things around you?
How is God trying to refocus your attention on Himself?
What “plank” needs to be removed from you own eye so you can see other things clearly?
How have you become fixated or obsessed with something that is draining your energy, income, or emotions?
By removing even something good that is “huge” in your life, what smaller yet also good things can you see?
How can you not let what are “Dominant” features of your personality dominate others? How can they be used to elevate others?
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:24-27
28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ John 3:28
41 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6