In these times as we are preparing for “His” coming, we tend to think only of ourselves and how we can be saved. This is a notion I learned from people I’ve talked with and from the readings I’ve seen online. I ask myself the same – How Can I Prepare. And with a solemn prayer, The Lord led me to this:
New International Version (NIV)
18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]”
21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
The story has touched me so much since it says how one must be willing to share and sacrifice what he/she has for the sake of others. With the many events happening to our life time like the civil wars in Middle East, the disasters that Mother Nature brings, the unstable economies and others, we tend to think only of ourselves and our welfare and not those who we need to share with. Now, with all the preparation we do, let’s ask ourselves, do we deserve to be part of those to be saved?
With simple sacrifice of sharing, simple act of compassion and being unselfish I know that the Lord will see this since this is the message of what this story says who the Lord will be saving.
Let us REFLECT!