by Pat McIntosh

Blindness is something you have to experience to truly empathize with others. I have known
those who are blind, and their life was a struggle. Even the most basic things for us became very
difficult for others. It is easy to take our sight for granted.

However, there is another form of blindness that is even more crucial for us to understand. I am
referring to spiritual blindness. Spiritual blindness is involved in various aspects of our lives.
First, we can be blind to our own spiritual needs. We like to think we are self-sufficient, but that
must be overcome if we are to enjoy eternal life. Unless we are honest and open to our own
spiritual needs, we will not seek the only remedy for the sin that affects us all (Rom. 3:23; 6:23).

Then, we must overcome our blindness as it relates to lost souls. Often we look at those outside
of the church and think only of their physical form. We may have family and friends with whom
we spend a great deal of time, but blind ourselves as to their spiritual state. Until we see that
others have a soul, we will be limited in what we attempt to do for them spiritually.

Finally, we may be blind to a much needed role we need to serve. The church is comprised of
many members, serving in different capacities and having different abilities. However, they are
all needed for the proper functioning of the body. We need to open our eyes to areas in which we
can help the congregation grow.

Often, physical blindness is permanent, with no cure. On the other hand, spiritual blindness can
be cured if we will pay attention to the symptoms and seek “the cure” that God provides.

Sunday A.M. – Are Our Eyes Open? (2 Kgs. 6:15-18)
Introduction – 2 Kgs. 6:15-18; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:13-14

  1. Spiritual Needs – 1 Jno. 1:8-10; 2 Pet. 3:18; Eph. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Acts 2:42; 1
    Thes. 2:13
  2. Evangelism – Isa. 59:1-2; 2 Thes. 1:8-9; Matt. 16:24-26; Jno. 8:31-32; Matt. 28:18-20; Mk.
    16:15-16; Acts 8:4; 1 Tim. 3:15
  3. Church Growth – Acts 1:8; Heb. 5:12; Matt. 28:18-20; Phil. 3:17

Sunday P.M. – James 1:12-18 (cont)

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