All For God – LoveCloud Daily
28 May 2012,Monday
1 Peter 1:3-9
Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9-10
Gospel: Mark 10:17-27
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.”
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
All For God
Today’s gospel tells us what we should do, what should we sacrifice in order to live eternally with the Lord. This time, I want to share a mission story of a friend of mine. I am inspired by this person and I want to share his story to you. Here it is:
“I’ve been a YFC, for about 10 years now. And every time people tease me “Ang tanda tanda mo na sa community,” I just simply smile and feel proud because I’ve stayed for this long despite of my personal struggles in life.
I attended the YFC camp because of my friends. They always talk about it; I just want to fit in, and I just felt God’s love so much and how He loved my family also as they are part of the CFC community also. I have prayed to become a Fulltime Pastoral Worker because I’m inspired by our leader that time. But when the split in our community happened, I got confused; I don’t really know where to go. Instead, I chose to be an active member of Gawad Kalinga. I served in GK that time because I wanted to continue my service. I came back to serve in YFC as a sector youth head of SIGA – since I’m an active member of Gawad Kalinga and grabbed the chance to become a Youth head. But when the split happened between CFC and Gawad Kalinga, I got confused again in serving. But still, my hope in becoming a Fulltime Worker was still alive, so I started praying for it and saw what God wants me to be. I chose to serve and stay in YFC. I am currently serving as a Community Based sector youth head, and praise God for my ever supportive parents.
I don’t have a work by now and resigned last year to attend the International Leaders Conference. Yes it may not be a good reason, but I believe that time, God has a plan for me.
Now, I am discerning in becoming a Program Volunteer as a stepping stone to be a Fulltime Pastoral Worker, as gratitude for my parents for being so supportive of me, and for my God for making me be blessed through the years with the people I love, and with my service as a YFC and my everyday life. I will surrender everything and go in mission for the Lord; everything will be ALL FOR HIM.”
I hope you are also inspired by his story. My friend is still in discerning stage. Help me in praying for this friend of mine.
Heaven, I believe is where God is in our lives. Let us live according to His will. If you think it’s difficult, remember that with God all things are possible. Hold on to Him, hold on to Heaven, hold on to eternal life.
Writer: Cilbert Alejo | Artist: Maica Gatmaitan