CHOOSE TO PLEASE GOD

One Day Fasting/Prayer

 

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 11:24-25

 

The concept of suffering for God’s sake has been totally misunderstood.  Some think it is living a wretched life while others think that it is denying yourself of some basic necessities of life.  Also in this age of prosperity gospel, the concept of suffering has been totally misinterpreted.  Today our reflection is talking about preferring to suffer than to fail God.  God looks up to us His children to always stand for Him and that is why He holds us in high esteem.

Beloved, the Lord wants us to accept every discomfort that comes our way as long as we are taken up such discomfort for the sake of Christ.  From our scripture reading today, Moses preferred to suffer with the people of God rather than to be called son of the King’s daughter.  For any child of God who truly knows who God is and what He has done for us and still doing will be willing to do anything for Him.  This is what Jesus told us in Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, take up his cross every day, and follow me.  For whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”   In following the ways of God, there are things we must have to forgo for the sake of the Kingdom.  There are many things we want to do, but God wishes that we do otherwise.  Most times, what God demands we do might require our time, talent or treasure or even our comfort, for the sake of Christ.  Sometimes it might look absurd naturally.

Joseph preferred to go to prison than to agree to the request of Potiphar’s wife.  This is the mentality that every Christian should have. If a thing does not please God, then it does not please me also.  In our daily struggles so many difficulties come our way simply because we want to do what God wants, do not be discouraged.  Some people hold the opinion that why many children of God suffer on earth is because they are going to enjoy in Heaven. Romans 8:17 tells us this: “Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ’s  suffering, we will also share his glory.”  The Christian calling demands that we live a life different from what the world offers.  For Christians, we fight against sin, self and satan.  Thus, our reflection challenges us to say yes to God and no to sin, self and satan.

Beloved in Christ, one of the greatest achievements on earth is not the fleet of cars, or chains of businesses or the classic home you live in, but it is what God desires. Our Lord Jesus gave us typical example of what it means to please the Father.  He endured suffering, humiliation and shame in other to save mankind from their fallen state.  This is what Isaiah 53:10-11 tell us: “The Lord says, “It was my will that he should suffer; his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness.  And so he will see his descendants; he will live a long life, and through him my purpose will succeed.  After a life of suffering, he will again have joy; he will know that he did not suffer in vain…”    To execute an essential assignment for God, you do not need to entertain any fear; the message of consolation is that your suffering will not be in vain.

1 Peter 3:14 encourages us thus, “But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are!  Do not be afraid of anyone, and do not worry.  God must crown our genuine efforts to work for him.”

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, give me the grace and courage to suffer for the sake of Christ.
  2. Pray for all missionary of the gospel of Christ, that they may endure every persecution in the course of propagating the gospel.
  3. Lord, let the joy of doing exploits for you never be lacking in me.
  4. Give me the grace to shift ground in order to please you.
  5. Pray for the Daily Strength Team that God helps them to withstand sufferings

 

exercise :  Take the Prayer of St. Padre Pio twice today

Memory Verse:  1 P

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