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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Got Bigger Fish to Fry?

I've said it. You've probably said it. " I got bigger fish to fry.
" It's a country boy philosophy and approach to prioritizing everything from work to attitude. Do the most important thing first. Tackle the largest problem first. Don't sweat the small stuff. You got bigger fish to fry. There's nothing wrong with getting your priorities straight. Jesus even tells us to prioritize spiritual matters. 
In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus talks about getting the plank out of our 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 7:5 ESV)
What He ain't saying is "I got bigger fish to fry." Any country boy can tell you bigger fish aren't necessarily the best fish. Bigger is a relative term. Relative to God, nothing's bigger, proving small things matter to God. It's little things that get in our way of serving God. Just like small holes can sink ships, small things can rob us of our time communing with God. Jesus tells us to be faithful with small things. He tells what we can do with the faith of a mustard seed. 
Most people read the speck and plank story only gleaming one thing from it: clean out your own closet. But wait, there's more !!! If you've ever had a tiny foreign object in your eye, you know how big it can seem. A small item can be just as damaging and painful in the eye as a large item. Nearly impossible to remove by yourself, usually, a small item requires steady gentle hand of a friend to retrieve it. You have to trust a friend enough to allow them work in your eye. You have to love someone enough to work in theirs. We should always remember it's not enough to clean out our own closets. To love like Jesus, in addition to removing our plank we are still required by Christ to remove our brother's speck.  Love never has bigger fish to fry.