Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 13, 2011

Joe Chen

Senior, Psychology Major, Biology Minor

Acts 9:1-20
Ps 117:1,2
Jn 6:52-59

Growing up in the church, I was always amazed by the story of Saul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-20) on the road to Damascus. This story in the book of Acts is a constant reminder of the choice we make when we accept Jesus as our Father, our Lover, and most importantly, our Savior. Saul was on his way to destroy and kill more Christians, claiming “murderous threats” to the brothers and sisters of Christ. But while he was on his own mission, set by his own expectations and goals, Christ revealed a key revelation: Saul’s path was not up to Saul to determine, but to God alone. Many times during our days we often become so wrapped up in our own life, dilemmas, crises or even pride that we forget our true calling of life. It is not that we be glorified through our works, but for us to be transparent for God to shine through us. Just as Saul was physically blinded by the bright light of Christ, ironically he then saw his purpose: to proclaim the Word of God and that only God can provide us with unconditional love, grace and salvation.

But how do we remove the pride and ego that blinds us from God’s grace? Well, it comes from accepting that Jesus is the only way to live, and that without him we will die of hunger and thirst (John 6:52-59). Just as our physical body requires nourishments to survive, our spiritual body requires the same satiation needed to nurture our faith. Christ advises us to accept his body and blood in an emotional, mental and most importantly, spiritual sense. To fully accept his body and blood is to know and ultimately believe that we are weak and defenseless by ourselves. Men alone cannot save themselves, but only through the love of God. When we can come to terms with our imperfections and tell God that, “I am nowhere near perfect, but that is okay because you love me no matter what,” then we can truly begin to live for the perfect and wonderful purpose that is Christ. Praise to the Lord, not because we are filled with flaws and weaknesses, but because we are the only beings created in the pure image of God. To the people reading this devotion, you are all wonderful, beautiful and amazing. No matter if you are in the depressions or the “highs” of your lives, know that you will always be taken care of. God may use the mysterious and the unknown to make wonders out of your life. All you have to do is to open your eyes and look within your heart. Peace be with you all.  

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