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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN LIFE


 

Reading’s Reading:

Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30

 


Today, we see that God desires that we grow and succeed in our journey of faith with Him. Growth is inevitable. Eternal happiness and salvation is our goal in life. Growth in the spiritual life requires two very important ingredients:

  • The decision to grow;

  • And the commitment to the growth process.

Discipleship – the process of becoming like Christ – always begins with a decision. Jesus calls us and we respond: “Come, be my disciple…So Matthew got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). Spiritual growth is an intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow and persist in growing. Nothing shapes our lives more than the commitments we choose to make.


Part of your decision includes:

  • Begin to act in new ways;

  • Let go of some old routines;

  • Develop some new habits;

  • Intentionally change the way you think.


Nothing shapes our lives more than the commitments we choose to make. Our commitments can develop us or they can destroy but either way, they will redefine us. We become whatever we are committed to. It is at the point of commitment that most people miss God’s purpose for their lives. Many are afraid to commit to anything and just drift through life. Others make half-hearted commitments to competing values, which leads to frustration and mediocrity. Others make a full commitment to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and end up disappointed and bitter. Every choice has eternal consequences, so you better choose wisely. To the man who ask him about how many will be saved, Jesus said in today’s Gospel: “Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed”


In order to enter heaven, we need to decide that we want it more than anything else. Also, we need the commitment that goes with it. Philippians 2:12 advises us to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. In order to be like Christ, you have to start thinking like Christ.

  • Christ loved the Father;

  • Christ wanted to do the will of the Father;

  • Christ loved the world and those He came to save;

  • Christ was selfless;

  • Christ was filled with the Holy Spirit;

  • Christ never turned away from those who sought his help;

  • Christ forgave those who crucified him.

  • Christ was faithful to the end.

This must be our attitude towards our heavenly race.


JUDE-MARY OWOH


 

Prayer:


  1. Father Lord, bless us with the desire to follow You more and more in good and bad times, in Jesus name.

  2. Lord, fill us with the commitment to serve You and to be faithful to You, to the end, in Jesus name.

  3. Show us each day what we must do and how we must serve You in the different areas of life where You have called us, in Jesus name.

  4. Crown all our efforts with your grace and bring all our good desires and plans to a fruitful completion, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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