Checking Our Blind Spot

We know how important it is to check your blind spot when you are driving.  It is one of the most important lessons we learn in driver’s education class.  Failing to check the blind spot could easily result in an accident.  After years of insistence and persistenceBlind spot mirror from my wife, I finally purchased blind spot mirrors for our cars.  Now, I don’t know how I got along without them all these years.  And, I don’t know why I waited so long.  They have literally saved my life more than once!

There are however, other kinds of blind spots in life equally important.  The truth is, most of us have huge blind spots when it comes to understanding ourselves, and seeing ourselves as others see us.  It is easy to recognize the faults and shortcomings of others, and to fail to see our own.  Jesus taught this truth to His disciples, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3 (NASB)

Our inability to recognize our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are also dangerous to our spiritual and emotional health.  After the last supper with His disciples, Jesus predicted His arrest by the authorities and His subsequent death.  Then He said to His disciples, “You will all fall away because of me this night.” Simon Peter answered and said, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.”  To this, Jesus responded, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a cock crows, you shall deny Me three times.”  Peter then exclaimed, “Even if I must die with You, I will not deny you.” (Matthew 26:31-35)  We all know what happened shortly afterward.  In the face of accusations from a little girl, Peter denied the Lord three times.

It is obvious; Peter had a huge blind spot.  He was not self-aware. It cost him his testimony and broke his heart.  It took the convicting work of God’s Spirit to bring him to a point where he could see both his strengths and his weaknesses, and to the realization that he must depend totally on God.  Many years later, a more humble and self-aware, Simon Peter, would write these words:

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen.”  1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

God’s Word serves as a spiritual “blind spot mirror.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”  Romans 12:3 (NIV)

God’s Word, just like the mirrors on our cars is effective only if we put it to use.  God’s Word is not a magical book of formulas and incantations to be recited when we are in trouble or need advice.  In a real sense it serves as a mirror, reflecting back to us the reality of our sins and human limitations, of God’s mercy and grace, and God’s desire to transform us into “likeness of His Son.”  In order for God’s Word to be effective we must apply and obey the Word, not just hear it.

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25 (NASB)

Have you checked your blind spot today?

Published by Larry Doyle

Dr. Larry Doyle served as the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association from September 1, 2003, to May 31, 2016. Since retiring from the Piedmont Baptist Association in 2016, Dr. Doyle has served as interim pastor and pulpit supply for several churches in the Piedmont Triad area. He served the Pinecroft Baptist Church from August 2018 to October 2020. His ministry began in the pastorate in Kentucky, his native state. He served as pastor of three churches while completing his undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees. (1968–1979) He and his wife Becky, a native of Greensboro, served as missionaries with the International Mission Board in Ecuador from 1980 to 1992. They returned to North Carolina where Larry pastored the Union Cross Hispanic Baptist Church in Kernersville from 1992 to 2000. In January 2001 he and Becky moved Honduras where they served as the On-site Coordinator for Disaster Relief with the North Carolina Baptist Men, coordinating volunteer teams in rebuilding houses and churches after the destruction of Hurricane Mitch. Upon returning from Honduras in January 2002, Larry served as the International Ministries Director for Baptist Metrolina Ministries in Charlotte, NC, a position he held until answering the call to become the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association in Greensboro, NC in September 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, and received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Today Larry enjoys “Strengths Coaching” and mentoring pastors and church leaders. He also enjoys finding, refinishing and repurposing old, discarded furniture. Larry and Becky have two sons, Steve and Tim, and are the proud grandparents of five.

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