Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Do you remember the Model Prayer that Jesus taught
his disciples to pray? You know, “Our Father, who art in
Heaven…” Yeah, that one – starting in Matthew 6:9. What
about these lines: “… And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil…” Why are those included?
I think it has quite a lot to do with what Jesus has done
for us, and what He calls us to do. First of all, Jesus Christ
saved us from being devoured by sin, and delivered us from it.
Secondly, Jesus calls us to follow Him, away from it.
Think about it this way – you are in a tunnel. You see
sunlight at the end of a tunnel. The sunlight came to you
through the tunnel. You see that light, and with every step you
get closer, you feel its warmth. The tunnel is brighter around
Then, you stop and turn around. You can see the
direction you came from is illuminated, because of the light
coming from behind you. You can see the nasty crevices,
along with the allure of what you knew as your dwelling place.
It was your comfort zone. Even though there are some nasty
things about it, it doesn’t look so bad. You think, “I could go
back, and fix it, I would just need to do this and this…”
Then, you feel the warm sunshine on the back of your
neck. How it feels like warm water in the shower. The light
and the warmth of the sun are pouring over your back. You
sense you should turn around, and face the sunlight again.
You’re tempted to try and fix what you see, but called
to turn around. You are not forced, you are called. And every
part of your being knows that you should head for the sunlight.
The biggest lie so many follow is that we are capable
of saving ourselves. Remember that Jesus was the one
who brought light to your darkness in the first place.
He illuminates. He saves, and He leads.