Ephesians 6:1-9, Psalm 145:10-14, Luke 13:22-30
6 Do not serve only when you are watched or in order to please others, but become servants of Christ who do God’s will with all your heart. 7 Work willingly, for the Lord and not for humans, mindful that the good each one has done, 8 whether servant or free, will be rewarded by the Lord.
My Beloved, how easy it is to put on a grand show and pretend that we are striving diligently to labor in Your vineyard when all eyes are on us. But You warn us to guard against such a deceitful temptation. When we work whether we are seen or not, we work for You and we must be faithful and dutiful. Doing our best and working willingly and diligently; in this is our reward. The only reward worth having is the one that the Lord will give us at the end of our days.
The Lord lifts up those who are falling and raises those who are beaten down.
I thank You my Beloved that we are not alone. When the world gets too much for us, You will do battle on our behalf. The poor and the downtrodden have You on their side and You will ensure that they receive justice for You ally Yourself powerfully on their side. You hear the cry of all the voiceless people in the world whom the rich and the powerful seek to crush and silence.
My Beloved, we all love to take the easy way, the broad path. Self indulgence is very alluring. To give up and give in instead of disciplining ourselves and soldiering on is so much easier. This is why You warn us that the road to perdition is the easy one.
The narrow gate requires us to do away with all that could impede our entrance and slow us down. We carry so much unwanted baggage and they are the cause that keep us from reaching the finish line.
Time is short and we have to make our journey to the Kingdom alongside You. If we lose sight of You and we arrive late because we could not let go then when we do arrive, distance will be denied to us. We might recite a litany of all our good words but You will say, "I do not know where You come from?"
If I come from You then I must return to You only then can I hope to be with You forever. You never fail to remind us that those whom we expected to see at the table of the Lord will not be present and those we least expected to gain entrance into the Kingdom of God will be reclining at table wit You.
Keep me humble Lord for it is only in knowing how little I am able to help myself and trust wholly in You is there any hope for me.