How Can You See Your Own Blindspots?

Christ came to heal blindness.

The first order blindness was that which hide our own sin and a need for a savior.

Once our spiritual eyes were opened, we could see the truth, repent, and turn to a life following Christ.

But spiritual blindness doesn't completely disappear.

It's why there remains darkness, even in spite of the light of Christ.

Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (John 9:39)

Your job as a follower is to keep pressing into all areas of your life to open your eyes. Which sounds weird, because you would think opening your eyes is a one-time thing: your eyes are either open or closed.

But I see it differently: we have blindspots in different areas of our life because we are still blind.

And the tricky thing about blindspots: by definition, they are hard to see.

After all, if you could see them....they wouldn't be called blindspots.

Coming to grips with the existence of one's blindspots is essential to growth. It is also why we cannot "self-help" ourselves. We need others to help us see those blindspots.

If you accept this idea and commit to growing in way to shine more light on your blindspots, you will have reached a profound realization. It's scary. But it's also part of growing in maturity.

The immature Christian hasn't built enough faith in Christ's to face his own sin. In many ways, this is the foundation to spiritual maturity.

I've met experienced pastors who haven't even gotten basic, foundational understanding of their own sin. This hampers their ministry once you peel through the spiritualism bolstering up their positional authority.

What you really want to do is shine a light into your blindspots.

This is why Christ has come into your life.

It's tough work.

It requires a dependency on others.

But from my experience, until you can dig into the blind spots, the areas you don't want to look at, the places you didn't even realize you needed to look at, you will be stuck.

You will be going around in circles.

The best way to see your blindspots is to have someone who knows you well call them out.

This is why the best growth happens in healthy community.

But here's the problem: most people who know you well don't often know how to identify blindspots or how to tell you about them.

It takes a special person in a special relationship to be able to do that.

So then what is the next best thing?

It is Scripture, guided with solid teaching.

Scripture will cut through all the b.s. in your life to reveal your blindspots.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Isn't that amazing? Scripture gives you that litmus, that harsh but hopeful mirror of truth, which can help change you.

Reading on your own is usually best, but let's face it: sometimes we need context, and a kick in the pants, to fully let Scripture penetrate our soul.

But having solid teaching, provocative questions, and good, personal wisdom shared right with you is the best way to uncover these elusive blindspots.

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