By relying on the Light of Truth for guidance, all who
stay on the path of Truth will reach their destination.

A certain man hired some drivers to drive his buses from one city to another. He gave his drivers directions that all who accepted his invitation might make it to the banquet hall on time. He then went ahead to prepare the banquet hall for his guest. Some of the buses traveled from the east to the west. Some traveled from the west to the east. Some traveled from the north to the south and from the south to the north. The buses were to cover every part of the city, picking up the guest to bring them to the banquet hall, but not all of the invited guest desired to get on board.

As the buses traveled around the city picking up the passengers, some of the drivers decided to follow their own directions to the banquet hall. As a result, some of the buses that were traveling towards the banquet hall were now traveling with the same objective, but in the wrong direction. Passengers that should be traveling to the east towards the banquet hall were still traveling to the east, but now they were traveling away from the banquet hall. The buses that were traveling from the west to the east were now picking up passengers that should be traveling to the banquet hall in the west. The same problem existed with some of the buses traveling in the other directions that were given.

If someone were sent to inform the bus drivers that they were heading in the wrong direction, the drivers would conclude that he or she was insane, or had gone mad. According to the bus driver, there is no way that the bus is traveling in the wrong direction. As far as the driver is concern, the directions were given to travel to the east from the west, or from the east to the west, north to the south, or south to the north. To the driver, the bus was traveling as instructed. It was also labeled with its objective, yet, the driver has missed the point, or in this case, he has missed the banquet hall.

Not all of the responsibilities rest with the driver. Not only did the driver receive directions to the banquet hall, but the guest as well. Before a passenger decides to get on a bus, he or she must check the destination sign to confirm that it will take him or her to the right location. By not confirming its destination, he or she might end up in a location far from where he or she desires to be. Some of the passengers might get on board and go right to sleep, trusting that the driver will let them know when the bus has come to their stop. There are those who might even get on board and see the evidence that the bus is going in the wrong direction, but they put their trust in the driver to know where he or she is going. They will never question the driver to confirm the direction.

It is the driver, who stays on the designated path that will get his passengers to the destination on time. It is the passenger, who knows where he or she is in relation to the destination that will confirm the bus destination before getting on board. Not only will he or she confirm the destination; he or she will stay alert to change buses if it is needed that he or she might reach the desired destination.

Sometimes, those who stand as leaders in our churches are not aware of their blindness to the Truth of God. In other words, many start out following the path of Truth, but slowly they begin to rely more on human wisdom to guide them and depend less on the Wisdom of God. As a result of pride and not wanting to confess and repent of their error in judgment, these leaders might choose to blindly lead their members down a path of darkness away from the Light of Truth. The same result can be applied to a church board with more than one person directing the church in one direction or another. If that person, or that church board relies more on their own interpretation and human wisdom rather than the clear instruction of the Word of God, then all could be lost in darkness with no Light to guide them to the Truth.

As a light to those in darkness, Paul said, "...I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Corinthians 2:3-8).

It is the hidden Wisdom of God or the Power of God that men in darkness are not seeing, because they believe not the Truth, Whom God has revealed, and they know not the mysteries of the LORD, which has been ordained by God before the world unto our glory. If the leader, or leaders of a church do not have faith in Word of God, how then can they be used of God to help guide their members into fellowship with God? The only way for that leader or those leaders to become aware of the Truth of their walking in the path of darkness, would be to shine the Light of Truth upon his, or her path that he or she might see the evidence, which reveals the Truth. But more important than just seeing the Light of Truth, is the response to the question, which is; What will that person or that leader do once he, or she have seen the Truth of God? Will he, or she repent of the chosen path, or reject the Light of Truth in condemning those who bring it?

Choosing to wake up or remain asleep
Anyone who travels for hours on the road without resting can testify to the events that will take place if he or she falls asleep at the wheel. The result can be even more devastating for those who have a responsibility of making sure that their passengers reach safely to their destination. We all know that for moments at a time, we will close our eyes to maintain the moisture of the eyes. Some can even testify that there have been times, while driving on the road that they have closed their eyes for just a moment, only to open them a moment later to find that he or she was driving off the road or into another vehicle. The same moment in time can be a second or hundreds of years, even a few thousand years, because, when a person falls asleep, he or she loses all track of time.

What if we choose not to wake up or open our eyes to the Truth?

The air, the sea, the tracks and the roads; all are filled with passengers traveling from place to place using the vessels of planes, ships, trains and busses, even cars and trucks. Many of these passengers get onboard these vessels and go to sleep, placing their faith and trust in the operator to get them safely to their destination. However, if the operator also falls asleep at the controls by not being alert to respond to the conditions that may cross his or her path, then many could be in danger of losing their lives.

Because the leaders of the vineyard sinned against God by polluting and bringing in the things of the heathens into and the house of God, which is the branch connected to the Vine, the LORD had compassion on HIS people and sent HIS Word by His servants to those who served HIM in caring for HIS people that they might repent of their ways and return to the Judgments of the LORD. To bring them again to HIM, HE sent messengers to inform the leaders of the people of their error in Judgment. But they mocked, beat, stoned and killed the messengers of the LORD.

It was this compassion in the Light of Truth that struck Saul to the ground and caused his eyes to be opened to the Truth. "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

"And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus" (Acts 9:1-8).

It was the Lord, Who changed the heart and name of Saul and sent him as a new man to inform the New Testament church that if the leaders of the church had known the Truth about God, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. Paul was among them, who crucified the messengers of the Lord, but the Word opened his eyes to the Truth that he was crucifying the Lord in the flesh of His servants.

It is this blindness in following the crowd that led many in Jerusalem to follow the leaders in calling for the death of Christ. It is this blindness to the Truth that led men into believing that they were following the will of God, which many are doing today. But one day they will stand in the Light of HIS glory and realize that they did not know Him, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

"Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal" (Matthew 25:41-46).

In other words, they did not care for His vineyard nor allowed the Power of God to bear Fruit in them that they might do His will. By being blind to the Truth, they sided with the devil and his angels to do his will. But Paul repented of his ways and submitted to the Power of God to allow Him to bear Fruit through him in ministering the Word of God to the church in the vineyard. There are only two options given to every person on earth. The first option is to remain in darkness and death, and allow the devil to work his power of deception and destruction through us. The other option is to be born again by the Light and Life of God in HIS Word that through us, the Power of God might bear Fruit in us and bring Joy, Peace and Love to the heart of all who would receive Him.

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