Have you ever been blindsided? That word can mean a couple of things. Often, it is used in the context of a car accident, where one person’s vehicle was struck by another that they didn’t even know was there. Sometimes it is used by people saying that certain events were unexpected; they took them by surprise. In any case, it usually means something like, “I didn’t see that coming!”
A couple of years ago, my son started saying that a lot. Actually, it was quite funny. He would be building this huge, lopsided tower of blocks that would eventually come crashing to the floor with a loud noise and he’d say “Whoa! Didn’t see that coming!” I would laugh, but inside I would think to myself that if he were a little wiser and a bit more observant, he would have known that would happen. Incidentally, he is no longer so surprised by falling towers.
Why not? Because he’s learned and become wiser. Ephesians 4:22 says “put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires”. At one time, many of the things we craved, desired or lusted after ruled our thoughts and often our lives. We would chase after these things only to find that they didn’t bring the happiness, the joy, the satisfaction, the pleasure or the self-fulfillment we had expected. These desires were, as the text says, deceitful.
Scripture abounds in verses that teach that sin is deceitful:
Hebrew 3:13 “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
Romans 7:11 “For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.”
When God asked Eve what she had done, her answer to Him was “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Ever since the beginning of sin, it has been found to be deceitful.
The husband who loses his temper and yells at his wife momentarily thought it would relieve his stress, but it only brought guilt. The wife who spends time building an online relationship talking to another man who seems more sympathetic than her husband finds out she only brings shame. The teen who snuck out of the house to go to a party thought they would have fun but it only brought trouble. The young couple who thought their “innocent” physical relationship would bring pleasure only ends up finding that it brought sorrow. The thief figures what he stole would be enjoyable until he is caught and ends us with less than he started with. The Christian who follows the world thinks that they will enjoy the popularity and friendship but only ends up with a damaged testimony and conscience before God and others. People are blindsided all the time.
But a Christian should never be blindsided. How so? Because God has given us plenty of warnings and equipped us so that there are no “blind spots” in the Christian life. The next verses after our text read “and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23,24) First, your thinking has to change. You have to start thinking Biblically about everything, and as we have already seen, there is plenty of evidence about the deceitfulness of sin in Scripture. We are even told of Moses and his decision; “choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” (Hebrews 11:25) As a Christian, taught by the Word of God, you know that sin will never bring you joy; you know it will only bring guilt to your conscience before God. Oh, it will be fun at the time, but you will regret it! That’s why it’s so important for you to be in the Word of God – you need to know what is right and what is wrong before God.
Second, you need to live the new life, not the old one. The new life is one of righteousness and holiness – Christlike living according to God’s will with a pure conscience undefiled by sin. And, by the way, when your thinking is right and God’s will is always in your thoughts, this becomes a whole lot easier. Do these things and you’ll never be blindsided.
So now, if my son builds a funky shaped lopsided tower and seems surprised by it falling down, I know better – and so does he. He’s just playing it up or trying to make it look like an innocent mistake. Kids do it all the time…. Do you?
- Pastor Mike
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