you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
Scripture is such a blessing! It is also, sometimes, a punch in the teeth. The Apostle Paul does not mince words as he writes to the church in Rome. This letter would be delivered by Phoebe and in turn read to the entire congregation. Can you imagine the weight of such a sermon?
The call to Christ and the Gospel requires us to look. First, we see His Glory and His beauty. Then we look within ourselves. Unfortunately, we are not as honest with ourselves as we need to be. Thom Ranier says that one of the greatest assets to a Christian is self-awareness. He and Paul simply echo Jesus when he tells the Pharisees to pull the log out of their own eye.
Is there something in your life that should not be there? Is there something that has your affection more than the Jesus that died for you? Today, preach the Gospel. Start by preaching this Gospel to yourself. Sometimes it hurts to do just that. Christ did not finish with you on the day of your salvation. He continues to clean us and to make us where we can truly wear white robes in His Kingdom. Like getting scrubbed with steel wool, it may hurt. But He is in the process of making you fit for His Kingdom. Praise God He is not finished with us!