Your Blind Spot (1)
There are parts of yourself you’ll never see without God’s help. In one sense, you know yourself better than anyone else does. You alone have access to your inner thoughts, feelings and judgments. In another sense, you know yourself worse than anyone else does.
Because we rationalize, justify, minimize, forget, and embellish—and we don’t even know we’re doing it. We all fall for the self-serving bias. We claim too much credit and accept too little blame. We pay attention to experts who agree with our opinions, while ignoring or discounting all evidence to the contrary.
Our memories are not simply faulty, they’re faulty in favor of our ego. The book Egonomics cites a survey in which 83 per cent of people were confident in their ability to make good decisions, but only 27 per cent were confident in the ability of the people they worked closely with to make good decisions.
We’re stunned when someone sees past our defenses into our souls. It’s not that they’re geniuses, it’s just that we’re sitting in our own blind spot and without the work of the Holy Spirit within us, much of the time we can’t even see our sin.
The Psalmist wrote: ‘How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer’ (vv. 12-14 NLT). That’s a prayer you should pray—every day.
‘…Cleanse me from these hidden faults.’ Psalms 19:12 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:19, 22-27; 16:13
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price! So glorify God in your body!
Let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, & to which God has called him. I have made myself a servant to all that I might win more of them.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?
So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we can imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body & keep it under control!
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
I love you all! Run today that you might win the prize! You are his temple! He lives in you! Glorify Him in your body! Run today!