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13th Week, Monday, 01-07-19

Genesis 18:16-33 / Matthew 8:18-22

Abraham bargains with God: “What if you find ten good people?”

An old verse goes something like this: “For want of a nail a shoe was lost. For want of a shoe a horse was lost. For want of a horse a battle was lost. For want of a battle a nation was lost. And so, for want of a nail a nation was lost.” Today’s reading from the Book of Genesis could be summarized in a similar verse that would end, “And so, for want of ten good people a city was lost.” The lesson to be drawn from the Genesis reading is that our own failure to acquire holiness affects more than just ourselves. It affects our family, our city, and eventually even our nation.

What motivates us most to strive for personal holiness in our lives? “I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” John 17:19 (ML)
It is almost everyone's desire to have a comfortable life.

So besides having enough to eat and a cosy place to stay in, we also want financial security and also luxuries like a nice big car and maybe even servants to do our work for us.

Yet these desires only exist in dreams and seldom in reality.

Even if these desires are achievable, yet they are like a bottomless pit and we can never be satisfied and contented.

There is something that Jesus said in the gospel that needs to be contemplated upon.

When He said that He has nowhere to lay His head, Jesus is almost like saying that He has no place in this world and that nothing belongs to Him.

If Jesus can say that, then what about us?

And if we want to be His disciples, are we also prepared to live like Him and have nowhere to lay our head?

We must remember that we live in a passing world and we are only stewards of what we have; nothing really belongs to us forever.

If we have nowhere to lay our head on earth, then the other aspect is that there must be some place where we can have hope in and where our hearts will be at rest and contented.

May our hope be in our faith in God who will grant us peace and protect us from anxiety so that our lives will be lived in joyful hope. (SY)