Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:27
It was John W. Peterson that wrote this touching song
“It’s Not an Easy Road”, “It’s not an easy road we are traveling to heaven, For many are the thorns on the way…., It’s not an easy road – there are trials and troubles, And many are the dangers we meet…, No, no, it’s not an easy road…. ”00
Dear friend, the narrow road that leads to heaven is not a smooth path, serving the Lord faithfully may not always be convenient. The lives of the Prophets and Saints have proven that to be faithful to God’s call involves inconveniences. It was not convenient for Noah, to spend hundred years building a boat. It was not convenient for Abraham, to leave the land he knew to an unknown destination. It was not convenient for Gideon to oppose his own family. It was not convenient for Elijah to challenge the king. It was not convenient for Paul to become the great missionary. It was not convenient for St. John of the Cross to reform the Carmelites. It was not convenient for Mother Theresa to answer the call of Jesus “I thirst” to become the voice of the poor. It was not convenient for the saints to live out their love for God, or convenient for the martyrs to shed their blood for the love of God. It was not convenient for Jesus to carry the cross and die a painful death as a criminal for our salvation. They all endured inconveniences because they desired to be faithful to God.
Dear friend, if following Jesus does not inconvenience us in any way, then there is no sacrifice; no cross in it, for the cross involves inconveniences. May be we have become mediocre Christians. It is never convenient to climb to the peak of the mountain. The Christian life requires a total commitment, which most often can be inconvenient. The cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is your life. You give it to Him to receive the life that He will give. To live out the new life of love, to share in the suffering of Jesus, we have to come out of our comfort zones, and to endure some inconveniences.
But the inconveniences we endure are for our greater glory, a priceless taste of heaven for those who understand it. No wonder St. Paul declared, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain CHRIST and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:8-11, ESV)
Romans 6:12-18; Psalm 124:1 -3,4-6,7-8 (R. 8a) Luke 12:39-48 ST. HILARION THE GREAT
- Thank the Lord for the reflection of today.
- Tell God to forgive you for the times you have abandoned the work of God because it was inconveniencing you.
- Tell God to give you the grace to dispose you to be able to count all things as loss only for the gain of Christ.
- Tell God to help you to endure the inconveniences that may come your way as a result of serving Him.
- Pray for all those who are contemplating giving up the work of God because of the inconveniences, that God may strengthen their faith and enlighten their minds.
- Thank God for prayers answered.
Exercise: Make this declaration at least ten times today: “O’ my Lord and my God, take from me all that keeps me away from you.”
Memory Verse: Philippians 1:29