Right from Wrong

Written by Brother Rich on Wednesday, December 04, 2013. Posted in Devotional

Right from Wrong

"How will I know which is the right way or the wrong way?"

I've always been a huge Star Was fan. Ever since I was little, they have always been my favorite movies. As I got older, I realized there were certain parts that could be applied to my life as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Let me show you what I mean.

My favorite of all the films is "The Empire Strikes Back." It's probably the deepest in terms of meaning. When I was little, it was my least favorite because there wasn't as much action. But as I got older, and I was able to understand some of the moral teachings, it became my favorite.

Yoda, the small, green-skinned Jedi Master, doesn't have that much dialogue overall, but the little that he says is quite powerful. One of his exchanges with his young apprentice, Luke, goes something like this:

YODA: ....A Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression. The dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.

LUKE: Vader. Is the dark side stronger?

YODA: No...no...no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

LUKE: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?

YODA: You will know. When you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.

Yoda is trying to explain to Luke that the Force will be his guide and will show him right from wrong when he is calm and at peace. This is analogous to what Christ said to the disciples just after the Last Supper about the Holy Ghost.

Jesus told them that the Holy Ghost would teach them all things and bring all the things that He taught them back to their remembrance. The same holds true for me and all those who have made serving Christ their choice.

Just after being baptized, the gift of the Holy Ghost is confirmed on us by the ministry to dwell with us as we serve the Lord. The Holy Ghost, like "the Force" in Star Wars, guides and directs us. It speaks to our hearts, sometimes in a small, still voice, and it may even speak audibly as God sees fit. Regardless, when it speaks to me I have to decide whether I will listen or not.

It's also up to me to ensure that I can hear its voice — that it doesn't get drowned out with the other noise of life. So, like Yoda told Luke, I'll know what is right from what is wrong by listening to the Holy Ghost when I am calm and at peace. I don't want to give in to the easier, quicker, more seductive dark side. That's just how Satan works. He wants to cause confusion and misunderstanding to lead me down dark paths. I need to stay calm, even in tough situations, and then I'll "know the good side from the bad."

May the Spirit be with you!

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