I can point the way

Natural Bridges, Utah

Natural Bridges, Utah

“You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.”  John 5:33-36

Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.  My responsibility is to point people to Jesus.

How do I do this?  By sharing my personal experiences with him and by being humble about my abilities, strengths and accomplishments — giving credit where credit is due — that is, giving glory to Jesus for the work he’s brought about in my life.

When I look back on my journey I see his hand, his miracles, his continuous presence leading and guiding me — helping me through trials, making me see my weaknesses and strengthening my identity in him, making me stronger — and ultimately helping me to recognize that he is at the source of it all.

My duty is to point forward to the one whose sandals I am not worthy to tie.

Sometimes people see the work in our lives and our spiritual progress as something to emulate and follow.  To them, we represent someone who has been able to overcome our obstacles so it may seem natural for them to want to spend time with such a person — to go to them for support, advice and help during their times of crisis.  And they should.  And we should provide love and guidance and help — to a point.

Jesus has a path for each of us.  He sees us as individuals so has a particular plan and way that will work best for each one of us, our personalities and the circumstances of life we find ourselves in.   My job is to offer hope in the form of Jesus, to point to him as the one who will help and save them and bring them true peace.

I can do nothing but point to him.  I can’t remove the shackles that have kept someone in bondage their whole life, but he can.  I can’t fix hearts and relationships and bring reconciliation and hope, but he can.  I can’t bring wholeness and peace to a situation, even while in crisis, but he can.  I can’t shape and define and make dreams come true, but he can.  I can’t be strong and brave enough for someone else, but he can.

My perspective is limited and I often still see life through a broken, skewed lens — shaped by my own past experiences and by what worked for me.  But what worked for me may not work for someone else.  So while I love them I must also realize that my guidance may not be the best for them.

As I engage in the lives of others intimately I must be wary — wary of their well being and attention and wary that I not find myself taking on the role that only Jesus can, must fill.

Jesus, help me to remember that you are the center of my life.   Let my identity be established in you and not in my own self.  Help me to be a loving friend and counselor while also recognizing that you are the only one who can bring true salvation to any situation.  Help me to share my life in a way that points people to you.  Help me to not take credit for what you have done with me.

I thank you, Holy Spirit, that you are with me, leading me, guiding me and giving me wisdom for every situation I find myself in.  You still me and temper my words.  You make me think and consider my counsel … measuring it against your word.  Thank you for being my constant friend and companion.  Thank you for always reminding me to point the way.

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

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