Scripture Reading: Daniel 5:13 —31
This is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the words: MENE — God has numbered thy kingdom and finished it. TEKEL —Thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting. PERES —Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians. Beloved, as you rejoice and praise the Lord for entering into the last month of 2016, the Holy Spirit says to you; it is very important to carry out a sincere self-appraisal. Even when we decide never to bother about self-spiritual audit, God in His wisdom has our balance sheet with him. Just like He put Belshazzar on His scale, so we are placed on God’s scale from time to time. It is therefore important that we have the humility to carrying it out ourselves rather than allow Him to do it. Vs. 27 of our reference says, “Weight, you have been weighed on a scale and found wanting.” The term wanting here means defective or poor quality. Belshazzar had been weighed on heavenly scales and was found seriously defective according to God’s standard of measurement. Beloved in Christ, for us not to be found wanting, (defective) by God’s standard of measurement, the Spirit of God asks us to carry out a self-spiritual audit by asking ourselves the following questions:
- Have you ever felt like David after his sins were revealed to him anyday?
- Have you ever been broken down on account of your sins?
- In moments of difficulty, have you trusted the Lord enough to the extent that you exclaim, “The Lord is my shepherd and I trust in Him?”
- How regular do you take the cup of salvation, calling on the Lord of host?
- How often have you slandered or gossiped about someone and felt undisturbed about the consequences?
- How often have you walked away from your matrimonial vows? How often have you seriously repented of such guilt towards the loving God?
- Have you ever cried likes St. Paul by saying “O wretched man that I am? Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24)
- How often have you considered yourself lower than others?
- Can you truly say like St. Paul, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain?” (Phil. 1:21)
Beloved, today the Holy Spirit demands that you undertake a proper self-assessment. Put yourself on the scale and decide for yourself, where you belong. Hear St. Joseph Calasanz, “Lest is the day in which we fail to mortify ourselves.” Beloved, remember that the ultimate purpose of our life here on earth is to please the Lord and share eternal bliss with Him in heaven. Real life does not therefore consist in your affluent background, but your relationship with Christ. In Luke 12:15 the scripture says, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.” Friend, as we gradually come to the end of this year, take a thorough spiritual audit of your relationship with the Lord since January, and be prepared to make all the necessary adjustments before we embark on the 21 days fasting programme; no matter how painful the adjustment may be.
Is. 29:17-24; Ps. 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.1a); Matt. 9:27-31
- Lord as I need Your word, give me the grace of understanding and ability to put them into practice in Jesus name.
- Give me Lord, the grace of true repentance just like David, in Jesus name.
- Grant me real solid faith that I may rely on You in all things in Jesus name.
- Give me a warmer zeal; inflame me with a more fervent love for You and my neighbour in Jesus name.
- Give me, Lord the grace of meekness. Make me more like Your Son Jesus Christ.
Exercise: Share this reflection with someone else today.
Memory Verse: Luke 12:15