One day a woman went to her minister and informed him that she wouldn’t be attending church services anymore. The minister, who was caught off guard, responded, “But why?” The woman went on to explain her reasoning, “I heard another woman gossiping about another member, a man who is a hypocrite, the song leader is living wrong, people are also looking at their phones during services, among so many other things that are wrong in this church.”
The minister replied, “Ok. But before you go, do me one favor. Take a full glass of water and walk around the church three times without spilling a drop on the ground. Afterwards, leave the church if you still want to.” The woman thought that this was an odd request, but she obliged. She then walked three times around the church as the minster had asked her to. When she finished, she told the minister that she was ready to leave.
The Minister responded, “Before you leave, I want to ask you one more question. When you were walking around the church, did you see anyone gossiping?” The woman replied “No.” He then asked, “Did you see any hypocrites?” The woman said “No.” He asked, “Anyone looking at their phone?” She said, “No.” Finally, the minister asked her, “Do you know why?” She pondered for a moment, then answered, “No.”
He explained, “You were so focused on the glass, you tried your hardest to make sure you didn’t stumble and spill any water. The same is true with our spiritual lives. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others. We’ll just reach out to help them while concentrating on our own walk with the Lord.”
Here’s the point of the story: In ANY church, there are going to be things to complain about. A church is filled with people, and people aren’t perfect. Only Jesus can set the perfect example, so let’s focus on Him!
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)