I will look for an instance during the day to welcome Christ
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Lord Jesus, as I
prepare for Easter during this Lenten season, I turn to you once again in prayer. I believe that you
are my creator and that you have created me to know, love and serve you. I believe that you want to
help me fulfill my purpose in life; that is why you came to earth to suffer and die. I offer you my
prayer today as a small token of my gratitude, a small token of my desire to live my life for you. I
know that sometimes I can let things get between us. Now, during this time of prayer, I want to give
all my attention to you so that you – and not my egoism or passions – may govern my life
Lord, help me to have the humility to accept your will
for my life.
1. No Special Privileges:
Jesus fellow townsmen are upset with
Jesus for pointing out that there were times in history that God showed his favor to Gentiles and
not just Jews. They are upset because they had put their security in their Jewish heritage and the
promises made to their people through the Patriarchs. They want to think that because they are Jews
somehow God must show them more favor than the Gentiles. We, too, can make this mistake. We think
that because we belong to this or that organization, or because we have this or that position,
somehow God must give us more attention and special privileges. Isn't this often the cause of
indignation in our lives? We are upset when do not receive preferential treatment. We think that
we are deserving of more. Does that indignation ever grow so strong that I try to rid myself
2. Seeking God's Blessings:
Why did God send Elijah to help the
widow in Zarephath and Elisha to cleanse Naaman the Syrian? Surely it was not because they were more
important or holier people. God chose them because they welcomed him. The widow in Zarephath happily
went to fetch Elijah a drink of water when he asked for it and obediently gave him the last of the
food she had. Naaman repented from his indignation and went to bathe in the Jordan as Elisha told
him to do. God gives his gifts to those who welcome him.
3. Willful Acceptance of
Christ is perhaps too familiar to his townsmen. They are not able to recognize who he
really is. They are upset with the way he speaks, and so they do not accept him. Will I accept
Christ in my life? Perhaps he is too familiar to me. I think I know who he is. Perhaps I am
unwilling to accept his teachings. Perhaps I am indignant that he has blessed others more than me.
The people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus over a cliff, but they could not get rid of him. Their
assault was futile. Christ simply walked away. Christ cannot be gotten rid of. Perhaps there are
times in my life when I want to get rid of Christ, but I can never destroy or blot him out of
existence. He is always there waiting for me to accept him.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, please help me so that my ideas about how things should be
cloud my vision of who you are. As I prepare for the
approaching Easter, help me to
purify myself of all egoism, sensuality,
vanity and pride so that I can accept your love
with an open heart.
I will look for an instance during the day
when I can welcome Christ's teaching into my life.
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