January 18, 2022

The Best of the Portals of Prayer

Read: 1st Corinthians 3:11-16 / Psalm 127

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Galatians 2:20

Standing on Christ

The religion/faith of St. Paul did not stand on it’s head or on it’s hands but on Christ. “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” [1st Corinthians 2:2]. We, too, must put Christ squarely into the center of our lives. Only then is our faith “right side up”. We are to fix our eyes on the God as He takes His mind off the stars and fastens them on Abraham, promising him the Greater Son, the Messiah. Then God gave His people the Ten Commandments, yet declared that “by works of the Law no human being will be justified” [Romans 3:20]. God sent His Son into the world and to the world to make good for our many sins. All this He did because He loved the world and does not want us to perish. That is the way to eternal life. No man comes to the Father but by His Son. This faith fills us with the joy of forgiveness. It sends us out to make known abroad this joyful message. We do not do this by nature. We act and live this way because Christ is in us. In Christ, we are new creatures. He has washed and cleansed us, restored us to grace, and made us heirs to eternal life. Therefore Paul declares: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Open our hearts to You, precious Savior, that You may live and rule within us, that we may be useful to Your kingdom now and always. Amen.

January 18, 1967

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