(20 Aug 2011)
Christ obeyed the Father. He did not go about doing whatever he
wanted to do. Like the centurion who had such faith that he knew
Christ could just order the healing of the centurion's relative
for it to happen, Christ likewise knew that the Father would
reward His faith and obedience when he called Lazarus back to
life and healed the lame and blind.
We likewise are to obey Christ in all things. We are not free to
do whatever we please. With our rebirth experience came the
responsibility to obey the commandments of our Saviour. Above
all we have to turn away from all forms of self-love and
self-centeredness that take our thoughts and prayers away from
the will of Christ in our lives. We should strive to let Christ
use us as His instruments of good.
We should seek for opportunities, both externally and
internally, to provide the help others need to turn their lives
in the same direction as ours as we seek to do the will of God
in our lives. Inner thoughts and prayers count. What others can
see is probably of much less value spiritually compared to what
we do, say and think in our private moments when only we and God
can hear and see.
We need to pray for those who are lost and will be excluded from
the rapture of the Church. The scoffers, skeptics, atheists and
lukewarm believers are everywhere. Remember that many of
us who are believers would be like them were it not for God's
grace. Let us take a few minutes now for a short prayer for
those unbelievers who are not watching or waiting for the
Dear heavenly Father, please look down on those who are running
away from Your love and hiding in the dark corners of the
secular world, and send a clear and powerful message into their
minds that compels their attention. Let the message of salvation
by Jesus' death and resurrection reach them at last in a
convincing and personal way that penetrates into their
consciousness before it is too late, before time for them ends
and they face judgment.
We thank You with every fiber of our being that You created and
saved us. We thank You for Your lovingkindness and mercy to us
all. We send joyful, appreciative and never-ending praise and
glory to Your Name, Father, and to Your dear Son, our Saviour
and the Holy Spirit Who guides us every minute of every day.