2 Peter 1:5-9 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
I’m sure you’ve played games during Teen Group where you’ve been blindfolded, haven’t you, teen girl? Not knowing what direction to go in is difficult enough. But what happens when someone spins you around in the process? Don’t you become dizzy and disoriented?
Life in general is like a game of blindfolds. Every day, you are called to make choices that are either right choices or wrong choices. In the process, the devil will throw a monkey wrench into it to influence your decision – that’s where the spinning around and getting disoriented comes in.
Here’s a good example. You’ve been witnessing to a friend of yours for a while now. You really want her to come to Christ and be saved. Her parents invite you to go to the beach for the weekend, which would mean missing church and Teen Group. The right choice would be to turn down their offer and tell them you really don’t like to miss church. But the devil really wants you to miss church so he’ll try to convince you that it’s OK to miss this once; and, besides, you can use the time to witness some more to your friend. The devil makes that choice sound good – even inviting, doesn’t he?
So what’s wrong with that choice? Can you answer that question? Let’s say that your parents tell you not to smoke cigarettes but yet they smoke. Don’t you find that hypocritical? Yes … absolutely! And rightfully so! You’ve been witnessing to your friend telling her how important it is to repent, to have Christ as Saviour and then live for Him. Yet here you are willing to miss church in order to go to the beach. This is what your friend is going to see: she is going to think you are a hypocrite and that your God is not all that important to you if you are willing to give up two hours to go to the beach.
Re-read today’s verses and apply what God is trying to teach you so you are not blind. Remember, you are a new creature and Christ’s Holy Spirit lives within you. He will guide and direct you but you must allow Him to remove your blindfold! :-)