Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Today the Holy Spirit directs our mind to what Satan does concerning our Christian finishing line. The Lord challenges us to be mindful of the vigilance needed to end well. Dear friends in Christ, the truth is that it is only by remaining focused that we can connect our ‘finish line from our start line’. St. Paul uses the illustration of runner to explain that the Christian life takes hard work, self-denial and grueling preparation. As Christians, we are running towards our heavenly home. The essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study and worship equip us to run with determination and stamina. The Lord is bringing this awareness to us again because a lot of us who started very well are now treading the path that will lead us to end very badly. It is necessary that each one of us understands our finishing line, it is not just only our last days on earth, more than that it is how we are faring since we declared our allegiance for Christ as our Lord. It is about how we are being docile to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Beloved in Christ, losing focus of the finishing line is not something that happens suddenly; it is the summation of as many diligence, passion and enthusiasm we continue to lose unnoticeably about our relationship with God, about the fear of God and about the things of God. As a believer we should know this truth, our focus on the finishing line must be tested. And Satan is an expert in making us lose focus of the glory that lies ahead. The Apostle John tells us in 1 John 5:19 that, “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” A Christian writer describing the above scriptural passage stated that, “It is because his influence in the fallen world is very pervasive and powerful. Many come under his influence and follow the direction that he sets.” Do not allow satanic influences to distract your focus. More than ever, let us understand how the devil tries continuously to ruin every good thing we have started especially in our callings as children of God. The inglorious end of King Solomon is one that we should recall to mind often. Your finishing can still be marred despite the level of wisdom attained. Eschew therefore every form of moral corruption, bitterness, anger, and presumption. These are often the instruments that destroy our end. I shall end well so help me O Lord.
Amos 7:10-17; Ps 19:220.127.116.11(R.10b); Accl 2Cor 5:19; Gosp Mt 9:1-8 WEEKDAY St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, P. (Opt Mem)
- Thomas A Kempis prays: “O Lord, You fully know our weakness and our impotence, and You know that it is impossible for us to lead a truly Christian life without Your grace, which renders everything easy. Therefore, I beg You to grant me this grace, so that I can persevere in the Christian life to which You have called me.”
- Ask God to keep your focus intact.
- Pray seriously against every spirit projecting negativity against your finishing line.
- Take the prayer of Padre Pio.
Exercise: Observe those things you began well that are tending to end wrongly and ask God for help.
Meditation: Proverbs 4:25-27.