He also told them a parable, “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?”

Luke 6: 39

Although Jesus is talking about the very common human problem of judging others while remaining oblivious to one’s own sinful thoughts and actions, He is also speaking about a part of the way that God would have us change that way of life. You see, even Jesus needed to be under the influence and the guidance of a teacher. In His case, when He was living as a human on earth, He turned to the Father on many occasions for wisdom, guidance, strength, and encouragement. Jesus was Himself a man of prayer, and the numerous prayers that Scripture records are certainly nothing more than examples of the many others that were spoken or thought during the course of everyday life. In turn, Jesus taught His followers on any and all topics that related to living and to conducting those lives in a manner that was righteous, just, and that brought glory to God. In so teaching His followers, Jesus, in turn, instructed them by example and in words in how to teach others along the same lines as He did.

This process of sharing the truths contained in God’s Word with others has continued throughout time and is still present today. Additionally, Jesus’ pattern of going to God in prayer as a part of being instructed and informed about God’s will and the intricacies of His way of living remains critically important still. On our own, all of us are blind, and we also tend to function like the beggars in Jesus’ day did in that we are dependent upon others for all that we need to survive the day, and we are unable to access the bounty of wisdom and truth that God provides to us to feast upon during our journey through this world. Without instruction and guidance, we are left standing on a street corner crying out for bread when God’s grace has placed a banquet’s worth of provision a short distance from where we are standing in helpless distress. Additionally, if we are not trusting Christ to provide the proper words of instruction and guidance for us to share with others, we are not entering into the fullest aspects of growing more mature in our faith by reaching out to engage in the lives of others.

In order to stop living in the darkness of being blind, we need to be aware of our foolishness, lack of wisdom, and need for guidance and then repent of the sinful attitudes and self-oriented ideas that have caused this condition to continue. Christ will grant us grace and mercy for all that we have done that is contrary to God’s will, and His Spirit will work in our heart and minds to reshape and transform each of us into a person who can see clearly and who is also equipped to guide others into the light of the Lord’s truth. Sadly, the world where we live has more dark corners than it does places where the light of God’s glory prevails; yet, it does not need to remain like this. When people who know Christ choose to actively seek His wisdom as guidance for all that we think, say, and do, we bring God’s clarity into those obscured places, and as we turn toward others and offer them Christ’s grace and love while also leading them to the eternal wisdom of God’s Word, we help to amplify the brightness of that heavenly radiance in our corner of the world.   

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Even those I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Isaiah 56: 7

 

God is making it clear that He desires to bring all people close to Him; for, there is no one who is too far removed from His heart to not receive His saving grace. So first off, I am as foreign as anyone can get; I was born far away, in a very different land. My ancestry, like every one of us, is traceable back through a long line of people who were all foreign to God. Yet, he has granted me access to his home land, and my access is not restricted or temporary, not a visitor’s visa, but I have permanent status as a fully vested child of the Lord, Most High.

 

Next, God has taken me into His home, through the front door; I get to use the good China and the upstairs bathroom. The Lord asks me to sit at His side and He shares the joy of life with me. I can laugh with the Creator of the universe, and my tears are wiped away by His sleeve. Even if the only gift I can come up with to bring to my host is a re gift from the back of the closet; He accepts it with delight, for, in truth, when I asked God to take me into His family, I had given Him the only thing that He desires to receive from me.

 

Finally, this state of existence is mine all of the time. The house of the Lord is defined by His presence in my life. His address is the same as my heart’s home. My loving God, my Savior, and I can talk and weep and laugh together through every hour of every day. As I open my heart to Him and connect with Him by trusting Christ with all of my inner feelings, thoughts, and desires, I am allowing God to make His way mine in all situations. Thus I come to realize that he is transforming me into a splendid palace of prayer.

 

 

Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.

1 Timothy 6: 1

 

Who do you know who is not required to submit to the authority of someone else? Almost everyone on this earth is in a position where there are others who have the ability and even the responsibility to give us direction and orders, and whose position places us within the influence of their power. Their skill and approach to exercising that power is important to us in how well the relationship works, but the skill set and personality of our master is not the critical issue in God’s view of how these interactions should go.

 

Christ calls upon His followers to trust Him. There is no conditional nature to this call to trust. It also encompasses everything that we are about in life. No area of endeavor or arena of involvement is left out, for Christ is lord over all and He grants favor to us as fits His will and plan. When we are committed from the heart to trusting God absolutely, there is no longer any room for us to take personal offense or to fear for the outcome of situations. Yet in our relentless humanity there will always be times when others will treat us badly, and we will turn around and hurt or harm people in the course of living as well.  This reality doesn’t change anything about trusting Christ in these situations. In fact, it is this sort of totally yielded spirit that is needed when things are not going well.

 

When we can set aside the hurts, betrayals, and loss that we have encountered in our past experiences, we are ready to engage in honest and vulnerable dialogue with others. It seems that many of the challenged and stressed relationships that we encounter involve situations where we are operating under someone else’s authority or leadership. When someone has either official or perceived power over us it can be difficult to be real and honest while remaining respectfully submitted to that leadership. Fears and concerns weight us down with their heavy protective covering. Anger and frustration bind our hearts and suppress Christ’s loving truth from gaining control of our emotions. So, our Lord says that we are to trust Him. We are to set aside all of the negative concerns and humbly engage the relationship. In these hardest of all situations, our attitudes and responses can become the pole upon which Christ is lifted up and His glory prevails.