In years gone by the forefathers of our faith..the spiritual giants that we look up to…have referred to the three lights used to guide us when we are looking for guidance about what God is wanting us to do. They were referring to an ancient Italian harbour that was difficult to navigate and used a series of three lights that had to be lined up in order to navigate the treacherous waters.
The three lights for us to line up are:
- the Holy Spirit (the things God places in our hearts);
- the Word of God (THE objective standard); and
- circumstances (external confirmation).
Some people may say that these are a subjective way to approach knowing what God wants, and that whatever we look for, we will find…but the more I have been aware of this principle in my spiritual life, the easier I am able to see it at play in my life. When it happens and I am intentional enough to bother to connect the three dots…I see the little arrows that guide me…and it makes me smile. I feel assured that I am exactly where I need to be. It brings discernable peace.
I have learned not to launch off into anything new without that trio of dots to give me the assurance that I am, indeed, on the right path.
The most recent occurrence of this spiritual phenomenon happened this past weekend, and it has been such an encouragement to me.
On Saturday I was listening to the book of James on my iPod while I waited for an appointment. Chapter one talks about the type of religion that God finds acceptable…it wasn’t what I had going on in my life! (light #2)
It was like she and I shared a brain…and the more I thought about it I decided that it wasn’t a brain that we shared…it was the heart of God that we shared!
Christine finished out her sermon with a discussion about the story in the gospels where Jesus says…”follow me and I will make you fishers of men” ..she urged us to look at our lives and ask the question…”if you are a Christian and you aren’t a fisher of men…you possibly aren’t following Jesus…who are you following?”
Jesus said…if you follow me I WILL make you a fisher of men.
There’s no wiggle room in that statement.
That was my third light. Not only was God confirming the stuff that he had been laying on my heart, he was giving me a kick in the pants and telling me to get off my butt and get moving.