Oct 14, 2010

Healing For Our Blind Spots

Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?" 

Jesus said, "You're asking the wrong question. You're looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent Me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world's Light."

He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man's eyes, and said, "Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam" (Siloam means "Sent"). The man went and washed—and saw.

Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, "Why, isn't this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?"

Others said, "It's him all right!" But others objected, "It's not the same man at all. It just looks like him." He said, "It's me, the very one."

They said, "How did your eyes get opened?" "A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' I did what he said. When I washed, I saw." 
-John 9

Yesterday, one of our children's staff members shared a devo that was truly an "eye opener" for me. She shared about blind spots.

We all have blind spots. Areas of weakness or faults that keep us from becoming all God wants us to become as followers of Him and leaders. We are blind to them...we can't see them. That's why they are called blind spots.

But Jesus wants to bring healing to our blind spots. He wants us to see them and bring healing so we can grow in these areas. How does that happen?
  • Have a humble and teachable spirit. If we ever become prideful....if we ever become unteachable...we stop growing. I have blind spots. You have blind spots. The question is when they are exposed, do we have the humility and teachability to listen and let God bring healing? When I was younger (and more stupid) in ministry, I had a few friends that tried to point out some of my blind spots. But I didn't have a teachable spirit. They said one day I would see it. Now I look back and realize they were right. They were weak areas but I was too prideful to see it...and it kept me from growing in those areas. Now I see that they are weaknesses. I have sent some apologies to the people who were trying to help me. I now see those areas and am asking God to heal those areas so I can become the leader He wants me to be.

  • Have close friends who love you enough to tell you the truth. Do you have friends whom you have given permission to watch for your blind spots and help you see them? It can be painful, but is a must if you want to be healed. Yes...it's sometimes easier to walk around blind to our weaknesses, but we are limiting ourselves when we do so.

  • Ask God to reveal your blind spots. Your blind spots are holding you back. Ask God to reveal them to others so that you can deal with them and grow in those areas.

  • Ask Jesus to heal your blind spots when they are revealed. Our blind spots are areas of our life that do not conform to the mind and character of Jesus. He can bring healing to those areas. When they are revealed, ask Jesus to help you grow in those areas. Develop an intentional plan that will help you grow in those areas.
The people hardly recognized the man whom Jesus healed. He was changed. When God brings healing to our blind spots, there will be a notable difference in our spirit and character. People will see that you have grown in those areas of your life. People will know that the healing has changed your life.

You will become a more effective leader and Jesus will receive glory for His work in your life.


Posted by Dale Hudson

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