Are We Up For It?
David risked his own life knowing that the Lord will never abandon him and allow him to be harmed. He did the Lord’s bidding and defeated Goliath miraculously. With the grace of the Lord upon him, he was even able to prevent his own murder by Saul, who was envious of him and looked at him as a threat to his throne. Nothing is impossible with the Lord as long as we walk in His ways.
Jesus cured people from far flung places like Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. Because of their faith in Him, they were cured. Even the evil spirits dwelling among the possessed ones recognized Him and feared Him. Truly, He is our savior and our bread of life.
Following Christ is not an easy task. To follow Him, we will undergo a lot of trials and be ridiculed by many. As popular as He was, Jesus was put to death on the cross by the very same persons who worshipped Him, because they had faith that swung like a see-saw and easily brainwashed by other people. I’m sure if David didn’t have a strong faith in God, it would have been easier for him to go his own way and live his own life, but he decided to listen to the Lord, and by doing so, he was rewarded abundantly.
Nowadays in the modern world, it’s very hard to walk in His ways, as there’s just too many distractions going on and life has gotten complicated unlike before. It’s mostly out of our own doing that we have such additional genders, with the third sex even being further classified, and marriage has lost its sanctity as a lot of people take the vow for granted. Many people look at sex a sport or a numbers game. Yet in the midst of all this sinfulness, I do see some who walk in His ways, and do whatever the Lord tells them to do.
My friends from the SYA (Single Young Adults) community, some of my batchmates from LSGH (La Salle Greenhills) ’85, and my own parents are some of the very few God-loving people who continues to do what Jesus has done. With SYA, we have helped prisoners by educating them, providing for them, and let them know that they have hope in life to change and be better persons. We also provided joy to the gloomy kid patients at PGH (Philippine General Hospital), helped troubled kids, and many more.
I believe many of these criminals are not really hopeless. They just have issues with being loved, as they are probably not used to it as they had colorful family backgrounds. They just need to feel what love is really all about, and once they have filled their love tanks, they will feel good about themselves and the world.
There are so many who are in need, not just money-wise. Will you take on the challenge to journey on in a life with God leaving everything else behind, or will you be just like the rest of the world, living in ignorance? It’s a tough decision to make, but if ever you do decide to follow Him, know that it’s a lifetime commitment. The rewards may not come in this lifetime, but definitely you will be rewarded in the next life.