Mt 11:16-19 In Due Time
Lord, increase my faith for I long to see your face!
What drives me? In Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life”, he proposes the following solution to life’s problems: Allow yourself to be driven by a purpose, not a reaction. For me, I prefer to be driven by a person and not a purpose. That person is Jesus the Lord. I know Rick Warren would agree with me, but there is a difference between the two of us.
Jesus did not say “follow my teachings”. He said, “Follow me.” He did not say, “My teachings are true.” He said, “I am truth.” The Lord did not insist that he would show us the resurrection. He said, “I am the Resurrection.” Believing in, following Him, accepting Jesus as the way, the truth and the life will lead to a vindication of his wisdom. Not the other way around.
I say this because you hear a lot of talk about believing in what Jesus said, but not accepting who Jesus is. "I think that Jesus was a great man, but just a man." Or, “I believe everything that Jesus said, except for the part about him being God.” It has been said too often that Jesus was nothing more than a wise man, a prophet, another great religious figure.
So, can I be a good man by following the Lord’s Commandments but not necessarily the Lord? Can I achieve happiness in my life without the Lord in my life?
I know I need to fall in love with the Lord before I can fall in love with his commandments. Did he not say, “Love God above all other things and love your neighbor as yourself.” I look back at my life and contemplate the completely different angle, direction, position and purpose it took as soon as I discovered the Lord in my life. I am glad it did. No regrets.
“Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). Those who deny the divinity of the Lord will eventually collapse under the dominion of the world, and this world is still under the devil’s ownership. The Lord asks, “To what shall I compare this generation?” You played, you sang, you partied, you drank, you indulged in yourselves and opened your mind to nothingness - nihilism.
Have our paintings and music not grown darker with time? It seems as though the theatre and news are no longer venues for good but celebrations of scandal. Parties are for all occasions, except for celebration. Computers once conceived for information are now means for socializing and communicating - and not necessarily with those around the world, but with those around the corner or in the next cubicle. Electricity has brought into existence a false world of lights, sounds and climate. We have all grown Vitamin D deficit because we no longer bathe in the sun. All the above can be used for good if they are preceded by the one who is better.
“Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.” The Lord is our Vitamin D(ivine). Sorry.
Wisdom is vindicated by her works. Today, let us call upon the Lord first. Let us follow the Lord first, and allow all other things to come after us in due time.