APRIL 8, 2020 BY JOE RODRIGUEZ
Are you familiar with the game show Wheel of Fortune? Have you ever wished you could be a contestant spinning the wheel? Unknowingly, many of us actually live a Wheel of Fortune kind of life when it comes to our struggles, weaknesses, or lack of commitment. Let me explain.
Since the beginning, man has been spinning the wheel of blame. The moment sin found a crack in God’s perfect creation it immediately seeped in and brought not just instant spiritual death, but also a life-long battle with pride, self-justification, and irresponsibility. You know the story well. If not, read it in Genesis 3. As soon as God demanded an account, Adam spun the wheel and the blame fell on Eve. Then Eve spun the wheel and the blame fell on the serpent. Who knows, maybe if the serpent had been given the chance, it too would have spun the wheel and who do you think it would have blamed? God?
Since then, the world has been in chaos and man continues to spin the wheel of blame. The problem with blaming others (culture, the church, society, the devil, evil in the world, etc.) is that when we do this we are actually giving away all our power and authority on a silver platter.
When we fail morally and/or ethically and spin the wheel of blame we are just looking for someone or something else to take responsibility for our actions. The worst part is that we then sit and wait for change to occur. Unfortunately, the waiting can last a lifetime because change can only occur from where it originated. However, what would happen if instead of reaching for the wheel of blame we would actually step back and take a minute to do what David did when he cried out to God in Psalm 139?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. -Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
The truth is that the wheel of blame is only good until the next round. You can keep spinning and spinning and spinning and never land on the jackpot. That is because the jackpot was already won by the One who took the blame for the entire human race. He paid the price so that you would no longer blame others. He is the only One who can search, know, test, point out and lead you into a life of victory! Stop spinning the wheel of blame and ask God to show you what needs to change in you. Then allow Him to change it by surrendering your pride and guilt. Learn to take responsibility, it’s part of maturing intellectually and spiritually.
“But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:14-15 BSB
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” – Proverbs:28-13 ESV
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” – Proverbs 21:2 ESV\
“…If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ” -1 John 1:8-9 BSB
Intellectual maturity. the adult stage of intellectual development, in which the individual typically has a high level of good judgment, often combined with wisdom. – APA Dictionary of Psychology
Spiritual maturity. is actually another term for Christ-likeness. The truly mature Christian is a person in whose character Christ-like qualities are evident, especially when dealing with difficult situations. – The Virtual Preacher