Nov 04 2014

Verse for the Day: James 3:13-18 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

As I mentioned yesterday I believe we all have an eye problem when it comes to our spiritual sight. We all know about physical problems that cause problems with our vision. Simple things like far and near sightedness or allergies, to more serious problems like cataracts or glaucoma which, left untreated, will cause total blindness.

But that brings me to what I believe is the most deadly problem/disease of all when it comes to our spiritual sight and walk. There is no doubt in my mind if left untreated this disease is more contagious than any disease or illness known to mankind like chicken pox or the flu, and more deadly than aids or Ebola. It has the ability to leave people completely and totally blind or dead spiritually and I believe in some form or another it has infected everyone.

While this problem/disease is not a physical "eye" disease I do believe it's the root cause to our vision problems spiritually. This disease is spelled with a capital "I". Yes, you heard me right, it's you and me. The "I" need, "I" want, "I" deserve mentality that has infected this world has left us spiritually blind, dead and weak. We have become uncaring, unaware, self-absorbed and disconnected from God's plan for our life. And like physical eye problems have or will affect everyone eyes at some point in their life, from the simple irritations of dirt or dust in your eye to more serious problems like glaucoma. The "I" disease in some form or another has affected and infected everyone during their life. 

You probably heard this before but it's worth repeating: "What's at the center if sIn?” It's a capital "I" and I'm as guilty as anyone when it comes to the "I" disease. Too often I find myself putting my desires, wishes, and wants ahead of others. It's usually the little things in life that I find myself struggling with most of the time. Things like wanting to watch a football game, some farming activity, buying something I really don't need or doing something at work verses putting others first. It seems as if the list could go on forever of the things I think I need, want or deserve over putting others first. And even when I do put something or someone else ahead of my own wishes, too often I find myself complaining, letting out a big sigh or doing with it with the wrong kind of spirit or attitude. 

How often have you put your own wants, desires, or needs ahead of what you know God is asking or wanting you to do? Do you have the same opportunities or things happen or repeat themselves over and over again and wonder why? Could it be that The Lord is trying to tell or show you something or asking you to put the "I" disease aside in order to put someone else first? When you do put someone else’s needs first do you do it in the right spirit and attitude or do your words, tone of voice, expressions, actions say something totally different?  I know this is an area I could always do better in. True wisdom that can help us overcome our “I” problem has to come from God, not our self as we see in today’s scripture.   

We all have an "I" and an "eye" problem when it comes to our spiritual sight and walk from time to time. So, let’s come back next time and look at how we can eliminate or at least slow down this “I” disease which has infected this world. It has to start by changing the environment we find our self in - I believe, with the right environment, we can change how we live and overcome this deadly “I” and “eye” problem that affects all of us.