Blind Spots

How We Can Discover What Others Clearly See in Us

Luke 6:39 “And He spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?”

We all have blind spots in our lives. Spurgeon used to call these our “unconscious prejudices.” The Pharisees were blind to their own faults and were leading others wrong. The truth is, we tend to pick our leaders of those who do not shock our “unconscious prejudices.” We tend to think within certain parameters where we are comfortable and where people we place confidence in have taught us. This is proper and right but if we are not careful, we can remain blind to many areas in which we have not been taught or been open to teaching. Jesus said in verse 40 “Every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” In other words, after we have been taught we become like those who have taught us. So it becomes easy for the blind to lead the blind.

Jim Jones was the leader of a cult and had 900 followers who followed him to their own deaths. At one point in Jones’ ministry, he threw down his Bible and said, “Quit looking to this and look to me.” If I had been in the audience that day, I would have walked out right then. But the people that followed Jim Jones were obviously as ignorant of the final authority of Scripture as Jones was. It was the blind leading the blind.

But we all have blind spots. Perhaps it is in an attitude toward certain kinds of people, or in a habit that is damaging to our testimony, or areas of Scripture that have been neglected and ignored.

How do we discover our blind spots?

  1. Be sure to spend time alone with God every day in prayer and private devotion.
  2. Confess your sins daily. Be honest with God and absolutely truthful. Examine yourself not just in your own eyes, but as others would see you. Ask yourself. “What would my parents, or Sunday school teacher, or pastor think about this?”
  3. Examine the difficult spots in your life that you keep reliving. We tend to repeat the same mistakes in the areas of our blind spots.
  4. Listen to the remarks of good, godly Christians with respect to your mistakes. Listen carefully to what people say to you when they are angry with you, for often they say what they really think only when they are angry.
  5. When God reveals a blind spot, take steps to correct it.

Questions to Ponder

  1. Can you think of a recurring difficulty in your life? (Think in the areas of finances, relationships, authority, habits.)
  2. Are you humble enough to ask an authority over you or a spouse to honestly tell what they see as one of your blind spots?

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