Beads of Joy 09-30-10
Lamb In The Midst of Wolves
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Jesus wants us to reap a harvest for Him, what kind of harvest can we expect in the the world we live in today? Jesus knew that the disciples would literally be "lambs in the midst of wolves". What does that mean for us? It almost sounds like voluntary death. How can a lamb exist amongst wolves? Wouldn't the lamb be devoured, and teared apart by the wolves? Today we are reflecting on Luke 10:1-12 (The Mission of the Seventy Two). Is God's word sown into our hearts? Do thoughts of Him and His magnificence fill our minds? Can we take steps forward trusting, and following His lead, doing His work. Can this sacrifice be one that we can take on? Are we willing to fully surrender our very desires, and wants, and to give all that we have to Him? Living the Sacrificial Life is a blessing beyond the norm, of the way the world would look at it. Whatever skills we have, whatever blessings we have, we must share them and use them all for God's glory. You all know how much I always share how important it is for us to do for others rather than for ourselves; well this is where the rubber meets the road. Jesus lived the very example life that we to must live. There were times in Jesus' ministry where the crowds loved and adored Him; and then there were also times where they hated Him and only desired to murder Him. Which they eventually did on a cross. Without fear, or excuse or whatever, let us really, I mean it, REALLY follow Jesus. Let us let Him use us for His glory. Our hands, our feet, our voice, our faith.
Just Surrender to Him. We can not live a life that is holy and pleasing to God, if it is without God. Our obedience, our allegiance, our devotion must all be in Jesus. Once you do that with every single fiber of your being, you will never be the same, your life will forever change in a way that will make you bold in Him. You do realize being lukewarm or living an independent life without God, only opens the door for satan to come in? He sits at the edge of our doubtfulness and just waits for us to blink; once we blink he does all he can to lure us away from Jesus using our own doubts against us. He is a deceitful liar, only looking for us to trust in his evil ways that only take us away from Gods sight. The distractions of habits, sin, and tantalizing of sin, keep our eyes away from looking at God. That alone brings great joy to satan. We must not allow satan to temp us, by bringing us to the edge of the temple roof and embrace his offer of gaining the whole world. Don't do it. We all fall for many of the tricks of the evil one. No matter we must get up, dust off ourselves and return to Jesus on our knees begging Him for forgiveness. Jesus loves us so much.
Every single minute of every single day of every single week of every single month of every single year must be devoted to Jesus. We really need to offer whatever we have, whatever we can offer, no matter how small; it is better then offering nothing at all. Think of it this way, "I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong". 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul's insight to true strength in Christ is what we must understand. His walk and perspective on life was so focused on Jesus. No matter what ups and downs we have, no matter how much we lose or gain, no matter what, we must be strong and bold in following Him. This scripture that is so powerful, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20. That is all we need to do, simply summed up. Another exciting scripture to embrace, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1.
We can gain much strength in scripture, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;" Isaiah 43:2-3. And then here's the scripture that gets down to the truth of our following Jesus, "Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23. Jesus will instill in us a JOY that will forever eternally overflow inside us, your life will never be the same in your surrender to Him. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." John 15:11. I pray that this blog helped create a huge desire inside your heart to fully surrender to Jesus. Simply allow Him to be the absolute center of your life.
When you follow Him, always pray, "Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries
1. Baptism of Jesus
2. Wedding at Cana
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist