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January 18, 2017, 8:01 AM

Holiness in the Mundane

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. As we seek to be Christlike, may we reflect the Lord not only in our avoidance of those things that are extraordinarily tempting, but also in the mundane. When Jesus Christ said that he was the Way he meant more than the Way to the Father. He was also telling us about a way to think, a way to act, a way to react, a way for all of life.

Galatians 6:4-9 declares, Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

The spiritual life is first of all a life. We live as spiritual men and women when we live as men and women seeking God. If we are to become spiritual, we must remain men and women. And if there were not evidence of this everywhere in theology, the Mystery of the Incarnation itself would be ample proof of it. Why did Christ become Man if not to save men by uniting them mystically with God through His own Sacred Humanity? Therefore, if we want to be spiritual men and women, let us first of all live our lives. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere.

Abraham Joshua Heschel writes: “The problem of living does not arise with the question of how to take care of the rascals or with the realization of how we blunder in dealing with other people. It begins in the relation to our own selves, in the handling of our physiological and emotional functions. What is first at stake in the life of man is not the fact of sin, of the wrong and corrupt, but the natural acts, the needs. Our possessions pose no less a problem than our passions. The primary task, therefore, is not how to deal with the evil, but how to do deal with the neutral, how to deal with needs.”

Let us pray together: Today, O Lord – Let me put right before interest: let me put others before self: let me put things of the Spirit before the things of the body: let me put the attainment of noble ends before the enjoyment of present pleasures: let me put principle above reputation: let me put you before all else. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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