Blind Spots

Written by: Steve Crowder

From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.

July 5, 2016

The French philosopher, Albert Camus once said, “Life is the sum of all your choices.”  As with everything, in some of those moments we choose well and others not so much.  But we’re presently exemplifying the sum total…the average of both.  Most of us want the scales to weight more in our favor than to our detriment, but somehow we seem to keep adding to our list of wrong decisions.  It almost feels at times that we can’t help but choose…well, blindly.

You see Jesus consistently called out the religious leaders of his day on their B.lind S.pots!  Yeah, they were seriously plagued by it.  Jesus would perform a miracle and while the healing was manifesting, they would go to war with him over whether He was from God or a demon possessed man.  He didn’t fit their religious expectations nor their traditional list of rules and regulations.  They were blind to the gift of salvation standing in front of them.  One of the most important facts about Jesus existence on this planet was that He deliberately came to restore lives and make us whole.  To give us sight where we could not see.  After all, we all have blind spots.  Some of us are willing to admit them…others of us don’t even know that we have them.

Matthew 7 records Jesus saying, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  5You 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.”   And my answer to this is the uncomfortable fact that we walk around with Blind Spots.  We don’t realize we can’t see clearly.  Our spiritual sight and clarity is clouded by our anger, jealousy, pride, unforgiveness, fear, etc… sadly the list is long.  Maybe not your list, but mine tends to accumulate spots consistently.   You see, Jesus was not saying that we have no place to speak into each other’s lives.  The word “judge” is used prior to verse three, so we push as far away as we possibly can to be free from guilt in this area.  Our high level of societal “tolerance” propaganda tears away at one of the most basic needs of civilization:  we need help!  I can’t see what I can’t see…and I need others to help point it out.  Sure, some of us are dealing with logs and others specks, but at the end of the day, Jesus came to make sure both of us could see clearly free from our past spiritual Blind Spots.    So, decide to let anger go today.  Make jealousy a thing of the past.  Don’t let any other blind spot rob you from seeing what God is doing at this moment in your life and in the world around you. No more B.S.!

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