Lord's Day Liturgy

Blind Spots Are Rarely Lovely

How do you avoid blind spots? Blind spots are things you can’t see, of course, and sometimes you know they’re there anyway. Other times you don’t know that you don’t know.

This question applies to all sorts of decisions, but I’m thinking of its application for your obedience and fruitfulness and loving your neighbor and building up the body.

First, you look in the mirrors, move them around to get as good of view as you can. This isn’t just for backing up or switching lanes while driving a car, this is for looking into the Bible as a mirror (James 1:22-25). The Word, read with faith and humility, reveals the standards and shows how we don’t match. This is true propositionally, but also with the example of Christ. If we are to be presented complete in Christ, then in what ways do we need to follow in His steps better?

Second, you pray that your Father in heaven would do whatever it takes to show you and grow you. This comes with a blessed warning: things in mirror are probably worse than they appear. Wouldn’t it be great if our blind spots were lovely? At best, people who really love us may think our blind spots are charming. Most of the time they are ugly, or unhelpful, or even harmful. Ask God to refine you.

Third, get connected to other God-loving, truth-speaking, spiritually-growing people, and pay attention. Maybe even ask. Feedback doesn’t always come from those who love you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to love better.

If your blind spot is a sin, repent as soon as you see it. If it is an immaturity or weakness, seek wisdom to make progress (think Philippians 1:25; 1 Timothy 4:15).

The foundation for all of this is God’s grace to us in Christ, and the goal of it is God’s purpose to conform us to the image of Christ, with its fruit of uniting the body and increasing our glory as reflections of Him.