Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:51-56
“Lord, make me a…” These words open the prayer of St. Francis. What is God creating you to be? He is making each of us into the image and likeness of Christ. The journey we all take from acceptance to conversion is quite a journey. Along the way there may be bumps in the road, detours, traffic jams, and even road rage. A disciple who sets his GPS heavenward with Jesus as His guide will always keep on track. God has sent messengers ahead of us in the form of Saints as both intercessors and models. As we draw close to our Savior Jesus, and empty ourselves of sin, He will fill us with His Holy Spirit so we can radiate His love. Not everyone will receive us. Some did not receive Jesus. Surprisingly, He did not make them, instead Jesus walked away. We may have to do the same.
When my husband gave his life to Jesus in Vernal, Utah, he was all in. We had been hosting a prayer meeting in our home for people of different Christian denominations. The next Sunday he announced to the group, “Ellen and I have given our whole lives to serving Jesus!” The next week, no one showed up for the prayer meeting. They all walked away.
As disciples of Christ, like St. Francis, we must present the Gospel. What we cannot do is make our listeners receive it. We have to remember that they are not rejecting us; they are Jesus. If they refuse you, do not call down fire from heaven, but rather pray that they be filled with the fire of God’s love. Living the prayer of St. Francis is the perfect way to preach the gospel wherever you may go, when necessary using words.
Have you been persecuted or rejected? What is God calling you to do in response?
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. If someone persecutes me, help me to forgive them. If they close the door, help me to walk away and pray.
Copyright 2017 Ellen Mongan
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