I love it when things start to come together. When what is happening in my life and what God is talking to me about in my devotionals each day, start mingling with each other for learning. – Bringing Revelation!
This morning, I was listening to Graham Cooke talk about how everybody is advertising something. What we truly believe comes out of our mouths and hangs out in our lives. We run across people every single day of our lives who are angry, cynical, full fear, and anxiety. They are living- breathing- unbelievers of peace, joy, and kindness.
Yesterday, I caught a little clip on Facebook by Pastor Paul David Tripp. He was talking about that scripture Ephesians 5:19 addressing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart. He said that the song that rules your heart will set the agenda of your life and that we all have a soundtrack of the heart.
I sat back and thought about the soundtrack of my heart would probably sound a lot like The last of the Mohicans soundtrack. (Look that up! Its awesome. I spent most of my teenage years listening to that soundtrack before I went to sleep at night .)
Now here’s where it all came together:
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, let me take the speck out of your eye when there is a log in your own eye, you hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:1-5
The point that the Lord wanted to make to me is this: It’s better not to judge, but know that if you do judge, you will be held to the same standard of judgment that you give out. So, you better make sure that it is not hypocritical judgment. You are not allowed to make judgment until you have judged your own self and taken the log out of your eye.
So within the context of the many different things that the Lord was talking to me about I came to this conclusion:
If everyone is advertising something, meaning that our hearts are on display at all times and everyone has a song that rules their heart. Then it is far more important for me to see the truth of what my own heart is advertising and what song it is singing out into the world before I try to check other people.
At all times I am saying either:
I believe that God is real or I don’t!
I trust in the Lord or I don’t!
I need God or I don’t!
My life is on display…and so is yours!
Instead of judging one another, how about we offer the hope, love, and joy of the Lord to each other when we see the advertising or hear the song of the hearts around us.
For deeper teaching on this topic check out Graham Cooks podcast on We are all advertising something.
Thanks for Listening,