Humour can be a powerful teacher. Even God knows that! So Jesus used humour, quite a bit.

Look at the story Jesus told about sawdust and wooden beams.

“Stop judging so that you will not be judged. Otherwise, you will be judged by the same standard you use to judge others. The standards you use for others will be applied to you. So why do you see the piece of sawdust in another believer’s eye and not notice the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to another believer, ‘Let me take the piece of sawdust out of your eye,’ when you have a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye. Then you will see clearly to remove the piece of sawdust from another believer’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5 God’s Word).

Now come on, if you can’t see the humour in that story, well, maybe that would be because the story is about you. But even then, look at it.

Somebody with a floor joist stuck in their eyeball tries to precisely remove a small piece of dust from the eye of another person. It’s hilarious!

It grabs you and shakes the dust out of the cruel and malicious and self-seeking habits too many people have. They point their fingers at good people to avoid confessing, and dealing with, the great sin in their own lives.

English: Casting Crowns performing in 2011 on ...

Casting Crowns performing in 2011 on the ‘Come to the Well’ Tour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casting Crowns, a modern gospel music group, have a song that equally jabs at the same sin, unjust judgment. The chorus of their song, “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” sings:

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners,
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers.
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors.
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.
              (by Matthew West and Mark Hall, © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

So, what do you use your pointing finger for?

As my friend in the faith, Rev. Philip Myers, wrote as Pastor of Bethel Temple Church in New Baltimore, Michigan, “Each of us is to be an index-finger pointing to Jesus. In our home-life, work-life, social-life, the controlling spirit, the daily touch with others, may we make others think of Him. May we make others choose to follow the Way, Truth and Life” (February 6, 2011).

So, what are you pointing at? Self? A speck? A beam? A, no, THE Way?