Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Unobviousness of the Obvious

For what it's worth...

As a pastor I regularly see, what seem to me to be, obvious habitual sins in other Christians. That is, often times I'll witness someone who has a habit of gossiping or being selfish or abdicating their responsibility to lead their family well or failing to apply the Word of God in some other way to their lives. More difficult still is the fact that often times that which is obvious to me is not to them. Which brings me to the point: It would be foolish of me not to recognize that there are inevitably habitual sins in my life too which, although they may be obvious to others, are not obvious to me. Please join me, Jeremiah, and David in humbly asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the deceitfulnes of our own hearts and minds and to continue sanctifying us for His glory.

Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"

Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"

1 comment:

Daniel Patz said...

Very convicting question you raise, Dave. The answer is probably yes about my own life. So what does one do about it? So often, I find myself not wanting to hear what others have to say (or what I think they might say) about what they see in my life. No one likes criticism.