Thursday, February 3, 2011

To whom much is given...

Lk. 12:48b
"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."

These words echo eerily similar to the scene in Spike Lee's " Spiderman". Uncle Ben is talking to Peter Parker about Peter's bew found abilities, "with great power comes great responsibility." it is my belief that we as Christians have a great power, with which comes a great responsibility! In our baptism we are freed from the bonds of Original Sin. Most of us being babies when we are baptized have God parents who act as a proxy for us in making promises. What promises you ask?:

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.
V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.

V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

Those are some pretty heavy promises that we must keep! But with those promises we have a plan, a plan to follow Christ and to get to heaven. Now I think it would be very unfair to the world for us not to share this wonderful gift, we must share it; in fact we have been ordered to do so!:

Matthew 28: 18-20
"then Jesus approached them and said to them, 'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirt, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.'"

If we take this command seriously and go out and make true disciples of all nations think of the consequences of these actions! Peace, love, hope! All wonderful things. If we just sit around and are lukewarm in our faith and do nothing with it, we squander not only the likelihood of ourself not being  with our Father in heaven, but we potentially risk others salvation too. Others who would have seen a great witness in us, had we been faithful disciples of the Lord.

Do you reject Satan and all his empty promises? I do.
Go out then and make disciples of all nations!

God is Good!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderfully written with rich scripture and a powerful message!