THE VOICE OF CHRIST
I taught the prophets from the beginning, and even to this day, I continue to speak to all men. But many are hardened. Many are deaf to My voice. Most men listen more willingly to the world than to God. They are more ready to follow the appetite of their flesh than the good pleasure of God. The world, which promises small and passing things, is served with great eagerness: I promise great and enteral things and the hearts of men grow dull. Who is there that serves and obeys Me in all things with as great care as that with which the world and its master are served?
…for a small gain they travel far; for eternal life many will scarcely lift a foot from the ground. They seek a petty reward, and sometimes fight shamefully in law courts for a single piece of money. They are not afraid to work day and night for a trifle or an empty promise. But, for an unchanging good, for a reward beyond estimate, for the greatest honor and for glory everlasting, it must be said to their shame that men begrudge even the least fatigue. Be shamed, then, lazy and complaining servant, that they should be found more eager for perdition than you are for life, that they rejoice more in vanity than you in truth.
Sometimes indeed their expectations fail them, but My promise never deceives, nor does it send away empty-handed him who trust in Me. What I have promised I will give. What I have said I will fulfill, if only a man remain faithful in My love to the end. I am the rewarder of all the good, the strong approver of all who are devoted to Me.
Write My words in your heart and meditate on them earnestly, for in time of temptation they will be very necessary. What you do not understand when you read, you will learn in the day of visitation. I am wont to visit My elect in two ways—by temptation and by consolation. To them I read two lessons daily—one reproving their vices, the other exhorting them to progress in virtue. He who has My words and despises them has that which shall condemn him on the last day. -Thomas á Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Publications, www.doverpublications.com.
The above words, given to Thomas á Kempis in the 14th century still ring true today—how sad is that? What have we learned? Many men will still work very hard for ill-gotten gains but barely lift a finger to help God’s Kingdom on earth. We are a sorry lot for not learning our lessons well and passing on the good news of God’s blessing here on earth as well as in heaven. We must always remember; He loves us who first knew us! He loves us despite our failings. He stands ready to take us in to Him!
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