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<< Monday, May 27, 2002 >> St. Augustine of Canterbury
 
1 Peter 1:3-9
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Psalm 111 Mark 10:17-27
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LOSING EVERYTHING TO BE SAVED

 
"Then who can be saved?" —Mark 10:26
 

We should rejoice when we "suffer the distress of many trials" (1 Pt 1:6), if these trials will help us achieve "faith's goal, (our) salvation" (1 Pt 1:9). We should be quite willing to sell everything we have and give the proceeds to the poor (Mk 10:21), if this is the way the Lord wants us to work out our salvation (Phil 2:12). We should even be willing to die at a young age "lest wickedness pervert" our minds "or deceit beguile" our souls (Wis 4:11). We have only one goal in life: to be saved. We will lose everything to gain our salvation (Lk 9:24).

I invite and challenge you to pray to the Lord: "I accept salvation — no matter what it takes." By praying this prayer, you are:

  • saying that you will sacrifice everything to be saved,
  • trusting in the Lord,
  • increasing the likelihood of more sufferings in your life,
  • increasing the likelihood of more joy in your life (see Col 1:24),
  • making your life more simple,
  • making your life more counter-cultural, and you therefore are more likely to be persecuted, and
  • expressing the ultimate freedom.

Jesus is our Savior. Only through His name can we be saved (Acts 4:12). This is the only meaning of life. Accept Jesus as your Savior.

 
Prayer: Father, I put my life in Your hands.
Promise: "Praised be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He Who in His great mercy gave us new birth." —1 Pt 1:3
Praise: St. Augustine spent the last twelve years of his life bringing the gospel of Christ to England.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God, or our audio tape AV 43-1 or video V-43.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Giles H. Pater, November 15, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 16, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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