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By Josh Harvey

Jesus was in town to celebrate Passover, the time when God saved the Hebrews from His judgment on Egypt. Jesus was ready to worship, but when He arrived, He was disgusted.

There was nothing wrong with selling animals to help facilitate worship; the issue was that worship was being used to satisfy men’s greed. Jesus could have overlooked this. He could have just worshipped in His own way and let everyone else continue as they were. He chose not to.

As men, we need to look around us and see if all is as it should be. It begins with self-observation, examining our thoughts, words, actions, habits, spending patterns, browsing history and motivation. We need to be honest. Are we where we should be? If not, why not? What needs to change? You can only ask these questions if you first spot the problem.

We also need to look at those we are immediately responsible for: our family, close friends and Life Groups. We also need to look further afield at what is going on in our Church life and ask probing questions.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus cautioned His disciples against looking for faults in others while ignoring their own significant flaws. Nobody wants to be part of a self-righteous, finger-pointing church – not me, not you and certainly not Jesus. However, Jesus went on to say that once a man had removed the plank from his own eye, he would then be able to see clearly enough to remove the speck from his brother’s eye. In other words, if you recognise and take steps to address your own failings, it will also give you the humility and hope to take positive action that benefits others.

Above all, we need God’s help to see clearly and understand what is required of us. We need to look at the Scriptures and seek to apply them our current situation. But we can only do this if we first open our eyes, remove obstacles and see what is going on in front of us.

Jesus had perfect vision and observed what has happening. Then He took action…