Making the Darkness Light
And the Light shined in Darkness
If you are a child of God, then you possess a spiritual lighthouse. This lighthouse is the written Word of God. The Psalmist David expresses this concept eloquently in Psalm 119:105.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalms 119:105.
In this illustration, the traveler will not stumble and fall in darkness because his individual footsteps as well as the path ahead are visible. This written word directs our paths and warning us of any danger. It can be equated to that of a physical lighthouse. Let us explore the comparison of the spiritual and physical lighthouse.
Let us start by answering the question what is a lighthouse?
A lighthouse is a tower; building or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and is used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland water ways (Wikipedia 2002.) The Word of God is designed to radiate light in the darkness of sin and its scriptures help us to navigate during trying times.
The lighthouse gives guidance as well as warning during rough weather. Let us define the word guidance. Guidance is from the root word guide. A guide is one who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising. A guide is also one who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct.
We have the Word of God leading, directing and advising us during our spiritual and physical journey. We are advised in Hebrews to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” This is accomplished in an effort to liberate ourselves from any barrier that will obstruct us from reaching spiritual maturity.
A lighthouse also gives a warning. A warning is an indication, threat, or sign of impending danger or evil. Jesus, as the perfect model, directs us in Matthew to “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction…small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life” This is an indication that if we follow a more selective spiritual path; we will avoid negative consequences.
Not only is the lighthouse a means of protecting and guiding us from personal dangers, but we are to be lighthouse keepers; making sure that others will be guided to “safe waters.” We are directed to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” The “light” that we reflect is the spreading of the Good News. We have an obligation through our superior accomplishments to be an example for Christ.
Only when the lighthouse keeper flips the switch can the physical light be seen as a signal for others. Jesus, our examples again advises us that “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone …” It is important that the lighthouse remain in constant use. If you wait until there is a storm—it could be too late!
So we see that the physical lighthouse as well as our spiritual lighthouse serves a great purpose. It leads, directs and advises both the seafaring mariner and the spiritual voyager. It is our responsibility to keep both in faultless working order.
Let the word of God not only be your guiding light but let your light shine and we will never dwell in darkness.
Let's Be Lighthouse Keepers!
Now, that we have been enlighten, let’s demonstrate our ability to illuminate others with some scenarios. These scenarios involve using your light in a very positive way.
James and Marcia are the new neighbors that moved in next door to you. They are a young couple with one small child aged three years. Marcia comes out to water her roses early one Saturday morning. This would be a perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and get some idea of her religious barometer. How would you begin your conversation?
After talking to Marcia, you find out that she is from a state out West. Marcia is a little shy in the beginning, but later shows signs of real promise. Marcia is eager to learn more about the community and the Bible. Her husband James comes outside with a frown on his face. He has been secretly observing your conversations with Marcia and wants to know what is going on. How would you begin your conversation with James?
After much prayer and many conversations later, you finally win both James and Marcia as new converts. This would be a perfect opportunity to invite them to your church. You have briefly touched on your affiliation, but never went into detail. How would you begin your conversation?