One Sunday after church, my daughter, Emma Grace, came into my bedroom to talk to me.  She was getting all bent out of shape because she felt that she was purposely being overlooked for something by some other people.  Now if I felt like she was really being mistreated, I would have been all over it.  But in this case, things had less to do with Emma Grace and more to do with a dysfunctional situation.  And, I sensed that Emma Grace’s dissatisfaction was out of a selfish spirit.  She was passing judgement on someone else without knowing it.  It is so easy for us to pass judgement especially when we believe that someone has wronged us and without knowing all the facts surrounding the circumstances. So after she was done ranting about this somewhat trivial situation and her somewhat selfish point of view, I said to her “Emma, just because other people are “jacked-up” doesn’t mean you have to be. You need to UNJACK YOURSELF!”  My wife laughed and said that would make a great blog post! I had to agree.

I am sure we have all heard the phrase, “Jacked Up.”  I’ve even caught myself numerous times, saying things like, “What a jacked up thing to do or why does he or she put up with such a jacked up person.”  I wondered how this term came about?  The imagethought of a automobile with a flat tire jacked up came to mind.  Maybe the inventor of the car jack was named Jack.  Right? Wrong!  Interesting enough a car jack is used to fix something on an automobile that’s broken and in need of repairing to bring it back to a standard of road worthiness again.  This is just what I meant, when I told my daughter she needed to “unjack herself.”  She needed to examine herself and bring herself back to a place of road worthiness.  Rather than cruising down the road of judgment she needed to get on the road of self-examination which is exactly what the word of God tells us to do.  The Bible cautions us against passing rash and harsh judgement onto others.


“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

At first glance you may automatically think that Jesus is telling us not to judge.  But, what’s really being taught is how to judge correctly.  Self-examination will and should help us to not to be so quick to pass rash and harsh judgement on others, especially when we don’t have all the facts.  So why do we fall into Satan’s scheme of  passing rapid judgement.


Simply put, it is often painful to discover that you are the one at fault.  It is far easier to pass judgement then to admit that we are to blame or possibly the problem.  The simple answer is we are sinners and we find it hard to admit that we need to change.  But if we examine ourselves through the word of God, we will receive His mercy and grace to make those changes.  We will be in a better position to help and minister to those in need of help.  They, too, will have received the same grace and mercy that Jesus has shown to us.  God, the Father, is pleased when we minister instead of condemning.  Jesus did not come into the world to condemn us, but though Him we may have eternal life.

JOHN 5:24-27; 30

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man … By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  

There you have it; if we are seeking to build others up, we will be slow to pass judgement.  If we do judge it is because we have thoroughly examined our hearts and motives first. We are all not too different from my eleven year old daughter.  We would all do well to look at our lives and ask ourselves if we are the car on the side of the road jacked up and in need of repair.  All we have to do is seek the Lord and He will restore us!



  • But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love where with He loved me, even when I was dead in my sins, He quickened me with Christ (by grace I am Saved).And He raised me up together and made me sit together in heavenly in Christ Jesus. (EPHESIANS 2:4-6)

    Isn’t the ultimate “jacked up” being dead on the side of the road or in some junk yard, some driveway or back yard of life (dead in our sins – rusting, wasting, used for play, striped for parts by others, etc…). We have the body but we don’t have the life function as was originally intended and designed. BUT when we accept God’s love and mercy, He brings us to life, even heavenly life ( operation and function by God’s power and purpose) by Jesus Christ The Resurrector!! THANK GOD!!!!!!!

  • Yes we are to be our brothers keeper and that means not only his physical needs but most important his spiritual need. We are to discern and then through prayerful action help our brothers out before they end all jacked up spiritually. It’s a hard thing to do but that is what the Lord requires us to do if we love our brother. Not in judgement but in love considering ourselves first.

  • I would like to say that God is an on-time God that bring people into your life that will make your day. Sometime when I pray, I wonder if God hears my prayer, why do I feel this way? is it or could it be due to lack of faith, or he just don’t want anything to do with me, or simply my heart not being in the right place at the right time. “Bingo!” A light came on when I heard the words from Pastor Billy L. Wade “Can You Hear Me Now” Your (heart), mind body and soul have to be right in order to connect with God, just being in the right place at the right time, so that God can hear you when you call upon him. Thank you Pastor Wade (Smile) my heart is now smiling again, I know what I have to do now and thank you for the encouraging words, I needed that, keep spreading the good news.

    Jerome – Christian Love Bible Church.

  • Jerome sorry for my late response to your comment. Words can not explain how good Jesus is. He is an on time God. In the short time we met and talked about the goodness of the Lord, it felt like I knew you for an eternity. Thanks you for giving me the right hand of fellowship.

    Your humble servant in Christ Jesus.


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