November 12, 2010
To shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace, that is what the Master came to do.
The praxis is this: be a guide; be a light. Help people find their way through the store, across town, through the neighborhood. Ultimately, guide them to the God. This is how you can be like Jesus today.
In the first two chapters of Luke there are numerous acclamations by angels and men over God bringing peace to mankind. Luke 1:79 is the end of Zechariah’s song he sang over the naming of his son, John. There is also the jubilation of the angels in Luke 2:14, as well as Simeon’s concluding words in 2:29. All of these refer to God as the One who establishes peace.
Like the Master, the saint is called to shine on those living in spiritual darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide their feet into the path of peace. Jesus called his disciples “the light of the world” in Matthew 5:14. We are indeed the light of the world if we are being guided by the word of God, which is the lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105).
In all situations the saint must serve as a guide and a light. The ways of the enemy involve tortuous reasoning and unclear motives, but the ways of God involve known motives, truth, transparency, and honesty. While the enemy desires to leave the lost in the darkness, God wants to find the lost sheep and guide them home (John 10:3-4).