[Calvary Chapel] 2000-11-23 - Blind Spots

Heb 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NAS)

I was driving in the next town over from where I work. I am fairly familiar with the area traffic, so driving is not something that makes me uncomfortable. I was merging with the regular flow of traffic, checked my rear and side mirrors, looked to the side and never saw the vehicle at my back driver's side corner. I cut the poor driver off very badly. She managed not to hit me, but it sure wasn't my fault. And, it wasn't a little car - it was a full sized van. Most anyone who has driven long enough has done this. But that doesn't make it feel that much better. I was very glad the lady was understanding.

This thought of the sin that so easily entangles us came to mind. What is it that makes something easy to take for granted. Familiarity with a situation like a work environment or group. There are a few people in a remote office for my company who seem to think that the rules do not apply to them. It happens over and over without any of the management team stepping in and stopping it. It makes me angry. Sorry if that disappoints you, but I'm not perfect. When things are allowed to cause problems in systems that the company relies on without any correction to prevent future problems, it get upset.

You might say to me that we all know someone like this and it is not that big a deal. Well, I have to say that it does my witness no good, it stresses me out and there are better ways to handle these issues. God also sees it differently.

Gal 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (NAS)

To have my anger lumped in with fractiousness, drunkenness and carousing is pretty sobering. God wants us to be different. He wants us not to be strange in our behavior so that we act asocially - like standing in the middle of the office on a chair preaching a lunchtime. He wants us to be a place of calm in the midst of the storm of life where people can quietly bring their questions and their concerns - Is this all there is to life? - My friend has cancer; will you pray for them? - I was almost killed driving to work today. What can you tell me about God and Heaven?

The Bible tells us to be ready to give an answer for the things we believe in, both when we expect the questions and when we don't. It shouldn't matter; it should be like breathing. But we have to keep an eye on these blind spots that sneak up on us and challenge us every single day in our walk. If we can learn to not let these things get to us, we will hear the questions of those around us. If we do not, we are giving them the answer though our actions.

James 1:19-20 This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (NAS)

Lord Jesus - teach us to be more patient with the world around us. Let us not get frustrated and angry over things that happen, even when we may have cause to be upset. In this we forgive others as You continually are gracious, understanding and forgive us. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

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