Saturday, August 30, 2014

1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Psalm 33:12-13, Matthew 25:14-30


1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Psalm 33:12-13, Matthew 25:14-30

The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees the whole race of mortals.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31

My Beloved, never for a moment must we forget that all we have received and have is a gift freely given by You.  We merit nothing on our own.  You call, You choose and You give all that is necessary.  

It has always been God's way to choose the small the weak, those whom the world considers the least He uses to accomplish great things so it must be acknowledged that it God who is at work in and through them.  All glory is to be directed to God alone who is the Source and Giver of grace.  Therefore my Beloved, if all turns out well despite the greatest odds, we know that You are at work, You make the difficult possible. No problem is insurmountable with Your help.  

I am nothing Lord, use me for Your glory. Let me always be yielded to You in every way so in me You will always find a yes and amen.  Keep me humble and aware that it is not I but You in me that is always at work for God glory.

Psalm 33:12-13

My Beloved, from Your throne in heaven You look down upon this earth that You have redeemed and saved.  You watch over Your own, the ones called by Your Name.  Those who love and trust You are filled with grace.  Those who place their hope in You receive Your loving kindness day by day.  You deliver them from sin and You preserve them from spiritual hunger as You feed them with Yourself.

We look to You for help, comfort and protection, to shield us from the wiles of the enemy. Those who trust you are never disappointed.  We rejoice in Your love and rest in it in safety.

Matthew 25:14-30

My Beloved, You have given us all that we need to strive to be perfect and holy.  All the riches of grace is  ours to draw upon and we have a divine mandate to bring the good News to as many as we can during the course of our earthly existence.  You have not only chosen us but equipped us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We each are given different gifts according to our ability.  You do not expect more from us than we can deliver keeping this in mind we need not be discouraged nor ought we to envy anyone who has gifts that we don't.

We must answer the call to be disciples promptly, obediently and diligently and we will find that we are fruitful.  Our joy is in pleasing God who appreciates all we do and rewards us generously.

The Christian who is lazy, indifferent and careless - unmindful and uncaring of the seriousness of the call to discipleship received in baptism, who neglects spiritual growth and grows callous, will make all kinds of excuses and will even go to the lengths of accusing God for his failure to do God's will.  He loses everything for willfully ignoring God's call.  

Even the least we have done will be acknowledged by God but when we fail to do even that we condemn ourselves to eternal damnation.  The reward given to those who have been faithful will be far generous than anything they could ever have imagined.

Help me to be faithful Lord, help me to use the gifts small as they are for Your glory and to draw many closer to You through them.  Thank You!

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