5th Sunday of Easter
Acts 6: 1-7
1 Pt 2:4-9
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me.“
The twelve steps of the Alcoholic Anonymous have made me gain a deeper understanding of myself. In particular, the Third step speaks to me. It reads as follows:
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
This Third step allows me to discover the need to surrender my will on a daily basis to God. It reminds me that it is only by fulfilling God’s plan will I find true happiness. The readings of today resonate with this theme.
The apostles decided to appoint deacons to assist them with the lay ministry of the church. The demands of the early church had grown by that time, and it required a tremendous amount of strength from the apostles to continue to minister to the various needs. Instead of deciding to take on the additional work, the apostles sought guidance from God the Holy Spirit on how best to serve the Church.
The world today places a tremendous amount of expectations on our lives. There are competing demands for our attention and time, which results in us forgetting the purpose with which God has set out to do. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. There are often times where we feel our way is the right way but in the end, it is God’s way which is the most appropriate one for us.
I ask that you take a moment now to pause and reflect if the direction in your life takes you closer to, or away from God. Perhaps it would be good to take an audit of your time to see how much of it is channeled towards building the kingdom of God.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Jesus, grant us the courage to accept your will.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to all the men and women who gave answered God’s call.
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