Beads of Joy 03-31-11
Jesus - Lasting Security
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Almighty God has given us the greatest security we can ever ask for in our lives. No IRA or stock pile of cash or gold, or shares of stock can ever equal, even a mere fraction of God's wealth and security that are available to all of us. Even if Bill Gates himself put on the table all that he had, it wouldn't have any value in relation to the gift God has given us. God's gift is beyond magnificent, and it was Jesus who paid our debt in full; which was necessary to be paid for us, in order that we to might receive the gift of eternal life. There is no price, or amount of wealth that can ever pay for eternity with Jesus. How can the false security of this world possibly have any value before God? I believe God only sees value if what we have we share. In other words, God will bless us, as we use what we have to bless others. If we protect and selfishly embrace the blessings God has given us, I don't believe we will be blessed the same way.
Our enemy the devil, is trying his hardest to convince us; that staying attached to our wealth here is the way to go. When indeed all it will do, is become a wedge between us and God. We have to "let go" of everything here, and grab hold of Jesus. Until we fully let go of all these things, including the money and the wealth, the ego and the pride; there is no way that we honestly can grab and hold on to Jesus. See satan has an objective, if he can fill our lives with enough meaningless distractions, we won't have the time, or the patience or the desire to see, hear, listen to, learn from or hold Jesus. And that would make him very happy. Just as satan was separated from God, he wants to have us separated from God. Our detachment from the (so called) securities here keeps us closer to Jesus.
The only thing we should be focusing on here, is relationships, starting with our relationship with Jesus. Then with His mom, and the Holy Spirit, God the Father, and then family and friends. There is nothing else in the world that has any true lasting value. Open your heart, and make friends in fellowship, sharing Jesus even further and deeper in prayer together. There is a certain synergy that radiates off of believers, and when we get together, it's like a super nova exploding. In other words it very hard to hide, we can only be true to ourselves, by being true to God. Here are some scriptures sharing God's eternal security with us.
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand." John 10:27-19
"...for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable." Romans 11:29
"All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away." John 6:37
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14
Today's Gospel: Luke 11:14-23 (Jesus and Beelzebul)
"Now he was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons"; while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace; but when one stronger than he assails him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoil. He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters."
Questions To Ponder Today:
-What do you consider the most secure future?
-How much have you seriously invested in Jesus?
-Have I made Jesus the Master of my life?
-What do all my possessions do for me for "eternity"?
(Consider others today, forget about your possessions,
build relationships, focus on the forgotten.)
Think about family and friends you know are lonely.
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