We recently bought a new car, new to us at least. So far so good. We like a lot of things about it, but I especially like the rear-view mirrors. Yes, of all things, the rear-view mirrors…. I always have hated the fact that when driving you only have one mirror for a second glance to look behind you before you change lanes. There is always that slight bit of nervousness as you change lanes, hoping no one is in your blind spot.
Well, this car has two different rear views. Like many newer cars, it has a little tiny concave mirror for your blind spot. The only dangerous thing about it is that I have to stare at it a bit longer – definitely not good. Noticing the blind spot is what’s most important.
It’s what you don’t see that can, or will, kill you.
Christ followers are all like the old mirrors – we all have blind spots. We have sin areas of our lives that dangerously go unnoticed. Let’s all remember something about our blind spots… other people see them. Like driving down the road, it’s the car behind that sees your blind spot. In the same way, it’s often your family and closet friends that see your sin.
So what do we do about our sinful blind spots?
First, we ask God to reveal our sin to us. It is His spirit alone that convicts and brings about change. Let’s say what David said in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, oh God, and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way of the everlasting!”
Second, we must ask others. Now that’s crazy, right? Imagine asking someone very close to you, “Do you see any sin in my life that I might not see?” This crazy, yet powerful question will change the trajectory of your life – it might even save you from a crash.
Ask for their honest response and then humbly accept whatever they say.
It takes guts, but it’s worth it.