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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

MAKE PROGRESS TO YOUR GOAL


 

Today’s Readings:

Romans 6:12-18

Psalm 124

Luke 12:39-48

 


“What is the secret of your happiness?” Someone asked me some time ago. And my entire mind could go to Psalm 90:12 which says “Teach us to number our days that we may become wise.” The beauty of numbering your days and knowing that you do not have all the time in the world is that you are more purposeful, focused, more consistent and you can do the most important things while you still have time. Yes, your mind may drift; your attention may be cut short. You may dabble in ‘replacement sins’ (like sexing in place of fornication and adultery) but when you remember that time is of the essence, you regain focus. This is the basis for today’s readings.


St Paul tells us to allow the law of obedience to God to lead us to righteousness. The alternative is to allow the law of sin to enslave us and lead us to eternal death. If you are enslaved by sin, then there is no hope—no happy ending. If you are a slave or servant of righteousness, then you are being prepared for the divine reward which God confers on those who love Him. The choice between good and evil is a battle and the battle is real. The person in sin does not realise that he or she is dead and a slave to their inclinations. But when such a person is brought back to life in penitence and self-surrender to God, they become agents and weapons of righteousness in God’s hands to enthrone God’s reign on earth. A lot of people will consider this to be hard work. You are working either way. You either channel your energy, strength and talent to promote evil or towards promoting good. Which are you using your strength and talent for?


Jesus calls those who use their gifts well, “faithful and wise”. “Happy that servant if at his master’s arrival finds him at his employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns”. But the one who goes about doing as he or she pleases (in the name of ‘enjoying themselves’), they are slaves to their bodily passions and their master will come on a day they do not expect. What about those who through no fault of theirs do not know Christ? The Scriptures say that they shall receive fewer strokes. But you who have heard of Christ (and you are reading this reflection) and you choose to continue in sin, will receive a great deal of beating (eternal punishment).


God loves you and He has revealed Himself to you. You have a duty to bring others to Him. Help them see that they are children of God and cannot continue as slaves to sin and unrighteousness. We all have to make progress on the path of righteousness and peace. May God continue to bless you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

JUDE-MARY OWOH


 

Prayer:

  1. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

  2. For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”

  3. Dear Lord, thank you for a brand-new day.

  4. I offer to You my mind, my soul and body to You; May I be a veritable instrument in your hands to discharge my duties in obedience to Your will and so reign with You forever through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  5. Lord, help me to make progress in my life and journey towards heaven.

  6. I pray for strength to live and love you and my neighbour like today is all I have, in Jesus' name.

  7. Lord visit broken marriages with Your mighty power of reconciliation, love and mercy, in Jesus' name.

  8. Father keep our children, youths, and young adults in Your secret place; let them abide under the shadow of Your Arm; let them boldly say, Lord, You are my refuge, my fortress, and my God, in You I put all my trust, in Jesus name.

  9. Father, unite the body of Christ in Your love and harmonious purpose, to proclaim the Gospel to the glory of Your holy name, in Jesus' name.

  10. Father thank You for Your intervention in the hurting nations of the world, in Jesus' name.

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