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St. Augustine of Canterbury

1 Peter 1:3-9
Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9-10
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 gladly 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 (see Rm 12:1),
  • 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 (see Mt 5:11), and
  • expressing the ultimate freedom (see Jn 8:36).

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

Prayer:  Father, I put my life in Your hands.

Promise:  “Praised be the 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 of Canterbury can be called the “Apostle of England.” He brought the Gospel to the English people in 597. He purified rather than destroyed pagan temples and transformed pagan rites into Christian festivals.

Reference:  (Living in Reality is a retreat that will equip you to navigate the world we live in from God’s perspective, June 24-26. Register at www.presentationministries.com.)

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