The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
– Helen Keller
– Helen Keller
Helen Keller lost her hearing and sight as a child due to a terrible illness and fever. She became increasingly frustrated over the years, being unable to communicate and acting out in frequent tantrums. Many attempts were made to help Helen before a young blind teacher named Anne arrived who was able to break into her silent and dark world. Helen Keller would go on to be world-famous as an author and lecturer. She would lead a very beautiful life of helping others despite her own limitations.
Helen was once asked if blindness was the worst thing that could befall a person. She wisely answered that the worst thing that could befall a person was not to lose their sight but to lose their vision. This is a powerful truth, in that her greatest concern was having spiritual blindness more than her physical blindness. Spiritual blindness is most disruptive because it hinders us from seeing God accurately and seeing ourselves properly. Spiritual blindness makes us think our sinfulness is not that bad or that our goodness is better than it really is.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, Jesus spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then He anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”. So he went and washed and came back seeing … (then) Jesus said (to the Pharisees), “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.
– John 9:5-7, 39
The Pharisees revealed their spiritual blindness concerning Jesus when they tried to find a technicality about the Sabbath in order to undo the great miracle that was performed. Meanwhile the blind man was spiritual and physically able to see again. I have come to see that even though Christians are given new spiritual sight at rebirth, we can still have spiritual blind spots. These are areas left to be surrendered to God and yet to be exposed to the light of Christ.
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life – John 8:12)
Unfortunately, we have a limited ability to see our own sin. Through the revelation of His word and surrender to the Holy Spirit we bring light into the dark places of our inner life. God will also use people around us to confirm our blind spots.
Please ask the Lord to reveal to you your spiritual blind spots. Here are some common areas of spiritual blindness to pray about: pride, envy, anger, indulgence, lust, laziness, and greed. May the Lord keep opening our eyes!
What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9
– Pastor Josh Ryan