Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned; but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one man’s fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one man’s fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and makes them justified. As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. When law came, it was to multiply the opportunities of failing, but however great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater; and so, just as sin reigned wherever there was death, so grace will reign to bring eternal life thanks to the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.’
Happy those servants if he finds them ready.
We have five events coming up over the course of 2 days this week and they all involve my boss, as well as members of our senior management. That means my team will have to be deployed to each event in order to support them. In years past, I would be in ‘lock-down’ mode now and barking at everyone, asking if things were ready.
Today, as I write this reflection, the speeches have been approved and the press releases all prepared. I am inded blessed that my staff have stuck to their tasks and have been extremely mindful of deadlines, details and making sure that the other divisions we are supporting have been advised properly. What used to be a tense time in the past is now a lot more ‘chill’ and I put it down to a level of preparedness that we never had but were always striving for.
Brothers and sisters, we can never be over-prepared in life. The adage holds true – ‘those who fail to plan, plan to fail.’ Throughout my entire career, I have always believed in being thoroughly prepared for meetings, presentations, recordings, interviews, etc. Unfortunately, I never took the same approach towards my spiritual life. Thankfully, God touched me personally over 4 years ago at CER #24 and I haven’t looked back since. And while I continue to struggle to overcome my sins, I know that bit by bit, the Lord is moulding me and shaping me to do His work in his vineyard.
Am I, however, ready to face my maker should He call on me? I still cannot answer that question with any sort of conviction. What I know is that He loves me as his son and brother, and that He will never forsake me nor condemn me. So as long as I still have breath in me, I will continue to fight on and try my best to live the life that He has laid out for me so that on the day He comes calling, I won’t look back in regret but look forward and willingly submit to Him.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Desmond Soon)
Prayer: We pray that we never become complacent in our spiritual life and succumb to the sin of sloth.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to our heavenly Father for His constant guidance and unconditional love, for all the times He has held our hand and lifted us up when we were at our lowest.