Nothing Else Matters
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 11:38PM
Si Fractus Fortis in Daily Life, God's Will, Sanctity, Surrender

My son, is it not time that you trusted yourself entirely to me? You have spent much of today avoiding trusting me. I know why you are behaving this way. It is because you do not feel as if you have been walking in my will. But faithfulness is not a matter of feelings. It is a matter of holding fast in spite of whatever feelings you may have.

I have told you how to proceed. I have told you that it does not matter if you forget it for periods during the day - indeed it is impossible not to - as long as you are still acting in the spirit of it. Nowhere did I mention feelings. Nor should you be judging by results. You cannot tell what results I am bringing about. My ways are not your ways. But be sure that everything is for your greatest good, and for the greatest good of the others whose lives you touch too.

You have been worrying today about the state of the world - but you are failing to see that it is in doing my will that you rise above the world. All your fears are negated by doing my will. If God is on your side, who can be against you? Indeed many will think they are against you, but all their efforts will resound on their own heads. 

I do not call you to criticise the government or the church. I call you to obey my will and obey it only. This would still be your duty even if you were the last Christian left in the world. Indeed perhaps one day you may be, but what is that to you? I was the only person on whom the entire weight of salvation fell though many called themselves followers of God. Those who are faithful in doing my will are few. Even those who wish to do my will are few. 

Do not think that there is anything else that matters in the world. You can number all the crises in the world, all the scares that the world makes such a noise about, but nothing matters except doing my will as I reveal it moment by moment. Many identify for themselves what they think my will is, or rather what they think it should be, and set off to achieve it. But they are doing their own work, not mine. Many shall call me “Lord, Lord” but I shall reply “I never knew you”. They will point to all they have done for me - but they will have done everything except to do my will.

Do not fall into this trap. I know what your duties and commitments in life are. Indeed I gave them to you. You do not have to worry that I will forget them. As I said to you before, are you affairs safer in my hands or in yours?

Understand what I said about not worry about your next meal or all the other things that you need. I know you need them.

So I am calling you to live in a quite different way from the way the world lives. To abandon your cares and worries, your security, is considered irresponsible by the world. This is the very same world that has raised irresponsibility to the status of a religion. Take no heed of the world - it is always with us. It put me to death. And since then it has not changed its nature one little bit.

I do not mean by this that you should be indifferent to the fate of those caught up in the world. Remember: everything in the world is designed to take people away from obedience to me. Every entertainment, every philosophy,  every political idea, every campaign, every criticism or adulation - all have the same purpose - to avoid bending the knee to Jesus Christ as Lord.

These things must be. But all you have to do is be faithful to me. Follow me step by step in the manner I have indicated to you. This is how I followed my Father’s will, and in so doing I redeemed humanity. Every saint joins me in this work of redemption. Be one of them.

Copy down for me the passage from the Psalms you were reading before you started to write:

For thou, O God, hast proved us:
thou has tried us, as silver is tried.
Thou broughtest us into the net;
thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water:
but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
(Psalm 66: 10-12)

That is a description of how you arrive at the Kingdom. It is not about feeling good or feeling on top of things. It is about being faithful through trials and pains and desolation. This passage describes the nature of my path on earth, and the path of all those who are mine.

Be faithful! 

Doing God’s Will  

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