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Monday, February 26, 2007

Making all things new

We have a hard act to follow. We have been called to emulate Christ. Not merely in terms of theological thinking, but also in attitude and action. Not an easy task - impossible in our own strength.

Fortunately we have not been left to do this on our own. The same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead lives within each of us to empower us to do His will. It is in His strength that we are able to achieve the impossible, love the unlovable.

For this reason, we are called to make our calling and election sure. For without a renewed spirit, we have no ability to bring this about - our 'faith' would merely be a frustrating exercise in futility.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Called to be faithful

A thought-provoking snippet to ponder in the face of a triumphalism that idolised success. We may not all be called to be successful, but we are all called to be faithful to the vision God has called us to. Isaiah knew in advance that the message he brought would fall on deaf ears. Jesus new that He would be rejected and put to death. That di not stop them from carrying on in obedience to the will of the Father, because they saw something better.

God's measure of success is often very different to ours. As Jesus put it succinctly, what does it profit you if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul?

We are called to minister with integrity - whatever the cost.

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