Today’s Guest post is from Andrew Gilmore, and it’s a goody! Enjoy!
Choose Wisely What You Fight For
When I crashed my Dodge Stratus for the second time in less than six months, I was understandably upset. The first accident happened on a notoriously congested section of I-40 in Oklahoma City where a man failed to see traffic was stopped and violently smashed the back of my sedan. Both of our cars were rendered inoperable.
But while the first accident was clearly not my fault, the second was ambiguous.
Or so I thought.
While trying to merge into another lane so I could exit I-240, my car collided with another. I immediately blamed the other driver. She knew we had to merge. She saw my blinker. All she had to do was to tap on her brakes slightly, and I could have made it.
When the officer came, and I explained the story I ended with, “And then she ran into my car.” At which point the policeman said something that changed my world.
“You mean, you hit her.”
Those five words inverted my perspective. I suddenly saw the accident from a bird’s eye view rather than from my own.
I had hit her.
But I didn’t realize it until that moment.
How to Be Just Like a Pharisee
Jesus quickly became famous throughout Palestine because of the miracles He performed—not the least of which was making blind people see. In one instance He spat on some dirt, rubbed the resultant mud on the afflicted’s eyes, and told him to wash it off in the Pool of Siloam. After doing so, the man saw for the first time in his life. (See: John 9)
But Jesus also addressed a different kind of blindness: a sort of spiritual and intellectual blindness—specifically that of the Sanhedrin.
But rather than restoring their “sight” as He did for so many others, He intentionally kept them in the dark. Explaining why He spoke in parables rather than just telling it straight, Jesus said:
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
Perhaps the most important line from this passage is, “they have closed their eyes.” The Pharisees and Sadducees had willingly blinded themselves. Rather than seek out the the truth (no matter the consequences), they closed their eyes and instead fought for power, control, self-preservation.
And I did the same thing.
I wasn’t interested in the truth about the accident. I wanted it to be her fault. So I put on blinders, shielding myself from the truth in the name of preservation.
Admitting guilt was going to cost me. It would cost in repairs, and my insurance premium was sure to go up.
But when the officer said those five words, all I could do was look at him and say, “Well, yeah, I guess you’re right.”
Choose wisely what you fight for. Although standing upon truth my cost you status or money, “The truth,” as Jesus said, “will set you free” (John 8:32). Dismissing truth in favor of self-preservation or self-righteousness will only lead to calloused hearts, crippled ears, and weak eyes.
God wants to heal you. He wants you to see. But what’s the point of sight if you never open your eyes?
Andrew Gilmore has a lovely wife, four crazy children, and an unhealthy obsession with barbecue. He is the author of Do No Work, a book that helps Christians understand how the Sabbath applies to them and how to reap the benefits therein. He writes every other Tuesday at andrewgilmore.net. He’s on Twitter (@theAndyGilmore) and Facebook (facebook.com/andrewgilmorenet), but the best way to stay in touch is to sign up for his email list to which he sends out exclusive monthly content: http://bit.ly/1ia5mRZ
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