One of the first things I learned about when I began driving was to check my blind spot. My father explained where it was on the car and how you physically must turn your head away from the front of the car to the side of the car before going into another lane. The reason? There is a spot where cars are changing lanes that you can't see in your mirror.
Just like a car, we have our own spiritual blind spots. These are areas in our life that are often not checked and left unattended – giving the enemy easy access to disrupt our lives. Too often we focus on growing in faith in the most obvious, but what about less obvious corners of our life? Are you watching out for your spiritual blind spots?
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What is Your Spiritual Blind Spot
When I first began driving, I was terrified that, while checking my blind spot, that I would run into something else. The thought of turning around while your car is going forward was overwhelming. Nevertheless, after months of driving, I became more comfortable with checking my blind spot. I realized that not checking it was even more overwhelming because of the danger of having an accident and hurting others.
As human beings, we all have areas in our lives which are weaknesses. There are areas in our lives we know from our own personal experience that we need to keep checking so we don't crash. For example, I can't bring candy or chips into my house. If I do, I will eat the whole bad, and I'm pre-diabetic fighting to stay off medication – and glutton is a sin. Others may not struggle with the temptation of the sitting bag of candy. Each of us knows our personal blind spot, but are you really checking it?
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Blind Spots Make You See
Spiritual blind spots make you look in the mirror and exactly what is going on around you. The good news is that we have the Holy Spirit who lives within us to help us expose those blind spots. The Bible talks about spiritual blindness and how it affects our souls and those around us. None of us are perfect. If we believe we are perfect, we are lying to ourselves. We are walking in spiritual darkness because the enemy has blinded us. But, Jesus chose to cleanse us from our sin and die for every imperfection, including our blind spots.
(1 John 1:6-8) states:
“So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.”
If we live in God's light, not only do we have fellowship with each other and are forgiven and have fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! This is why community is so important! It is vitally important to have God-fearing Christians around you who will be honest and love you enough to tell you what you can't see for yourself.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:1-5)Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Click To Tweet
I want to caution you in dealing with your brothers and sisters with their blind spot! Love them like Jesus would. Don't push them away from God, but push harder towards God because you never know when you may find yourself in a similar circumstance. We have all been overcome by sin at one time or another. God's word tells us to deal with those who have fallen off the path gently and humbly. Don't judge them. Don't scream and tell them they are a disappointment and don't abandon them! Don't allow the enemy to grab a hold of you by making you feel superior to them in any way. Think about how you would want to be treated if your blind spot was causing you to crash.
Ask for Help with Your Blind Spot
Blind spots are tough! You have to use caution and check them constantly. Don't be afraid to ask someone you trust to help you when you feel like you are overwhelmed with it all. Sometimes, you need help in changing lanes to get you back on course with God.
Find your blind spots by asking God. David prayed in Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Automobiles have come a long way in helping drivers with their blind spots. The auto industry now equips us with cameras and sensors that beep and lights that flash in our side mirrors. With all the fancy safety equipment, however, we still must be vigilant in knowing what is happening on the road around us while driving.
As believers, we need to keep asking God to search us to keep everything in view to reduce the risk of injuring ourselves and others – physically, spiritually, and emotionally – so we can maintain our relationship with God. Check your spiritual blind spot by looking in the mirror with the confidence of God steering you to the path of everlasting life!