Thursday, August 30, 2007

in Him we stand

“Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the
same nature as you and preach to you that you should turn from
these useless things to the living God.” Acts 14:15
These are Paul’s words
to the religious people in Lystra who wanted to set them on the
podium and use them as the object of their worship.
This has not changed. People everywhere have the same longing
for holiness. They want supermen, saints and miracle people.
Sometimes it hits hard when people find out that their guru
and leader turned out to be as human as they themselves are.
The bubble of people’s ability to live a sinless life bursts and
everyone has to depend on God again for their sanctification.
I wasn’t surprised when I read about the new findings of
Mother Teresa’s inner struggles and the sense of God’s absence
that she experienced over fifty years it her ministry.
I’m happy that these news have shaken off some of the non-
Biblical glitter that has covered her believer priesthood.
By faith she was saved, not by works; By faith she ministered
Christ to the poor; By faith she prayed and worshipped the Lord.
Last week during my visit in Italy I met many people who refused
to accept Mary as one of us. She had clearly stolen the place of
Jesus in their hearts.
What a shame it would be if people perceived us that way.
What a shame if we would accept any worship and praise that
diminishes the message of Grace.
God is able to make us stand amid our weaknesses and failures.
Romans 14:4

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