Image via WikipediaWhat his will is.”I know what his will is by those who direct me; whatever they bid me do, if it is ever so small in itself, it is the will of God for me. Then do it in the manner he wills it, not sewing an old thing as if it were new or a new thing as if it were old; not fretting because the oven is too hot, or in a fuss because it is too cold. You understand – not flying and driving because you are too hurried, not creeping like a snail because no one pushes you. Our dear Savior was never in extremes. The third object is to do his will because he wills it, that is, to be ready to quit at any moment and do anything else to which you may be called.”
“Be above the vain fears of nature and efforts of your enemy. You are children of eternity. Your immortal crown awaits you, and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love. You may indeed sow in tears, but you may be sure to reap in Joy.” (Elizabeth Ann Seton).
God claims all of our lives, both spiritual and earthly as his own. How might this realization change common perceptions of worship, church, stewardship, and the like?
Who are humans? Who is Man? We are creatures of God, made in his image as Sons or Daughters to join Him in heaven. Why? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). This means we live here on earth a life received from and lived for God in dependence and active obedience, so that we can make the decision to join Him and to prepare for that joining.
(Matthew 12:50)”Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants him to do is my brother, my sister, and my mother.”
From your life this week, would others see you as a “Brother or sister” of Jesus?
As we have seen above, God has trained his children to offer praise to him, and that when we do so we become Christ’s brother and sisters. And again as we are reminded in the following statement, We also are created in the image of God.
“God created man in his own image” (Gen. 1:27). Genesis goes on to assert that: “Man is privileged to run the world, but he/she is ultimately responsible and accountable to its Creator.
“Thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in thee,” (St. Augustine)