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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE

St. Benedict – Is Christ at Your Core of Your System?

Today as you go reflect on the love of God, a question from heaven beckons: Is Christ truly at the core of your system? Many a times we find ourselves adrift in life’s currents, grasping for some semblance of order and to make sense of things. Yet what many fail to recognize is that our lives are in intricate system, designed for a grand purpose.

For so many people they are merely missing a core component in order to achieve the stability and effectiveness that they crave. That critical portion of our lives is none other than faith in the Lord’s promises. Are you ready to welcome Christ and acknowledge that He is the one in control?

In Revelation 3:20, the bible states, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him.” This is a call for us to invite Christ to the core of our lives so that we can be happy and fulfilled. Even in moments we feel like Christ is far away from us, or when we feel alone, St. Benedict is reminding us that He is always with us and awaits our response. We are called upon to soften our hearts and invite him today for he is ready to come in.

What Does It Mean to Make Christ Our Core?

A disordered mind reflects a disordered life. If we do not set proper schedules, targets and habits then it is hard to truly succeed in what we do.

Every successful business, corporation or organization able to achieve consistent success because they have a well-structured and working system in place. Think of your endeavors in connecting with God and living by His teachings. Your efforts to build the kingdom of God must also have a proper system in order to succeed.

From daily prayer, bible studies, going to church, giving to charity, all of these little actions are part of an intricate set of processes that working harmoniously together to contribute to God’s kingdom. Instead of making decisions simply based on a whim or the “availability of your schedule”, why not add it into your schedule instead!

Just as we schedule our appointments and meetings, it is also important to set a schedule to grow closer to the Lord, and in doing so, create a powerful system that places Him at the core of our lives. Simple acts like reading devotionals when you first wake up, and saying a short prayer to the Lord or simple components that add up and allow you to grow closer to Christ daily. So why not set these into your calendar as well?

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) This scripture calls us to place Christ, our eternal King, at the forefront of our lives. By doing so, we assure that every process, every action we undertake, stems from His love.

Purge Your System of Corruption

In our spiritual journey, this corruption presents itself as sin and temptation. To truly live in the light of the Divine, it becomes essential for us to purge our system of these impurities.

At the root, corruption is a deviation from the original design. It clouds judgment, hampers efficiency, and slowly erodes the core of our system. Spiritually, this manifests as our inclination towards sin and the snares of temptation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

  • Sensory Gateways: What we see, hear, and speak can greatly influence our spiritual health. Guarding our environment and what we expose ourselves to day to day can help to limit the temptation that we are exposed to.
  • Associations: The company we keep can either uplift or degrade our system. Being in the company of those who value spiritual purity can act as a firewall against corruption.
  • Internal Vulnerabilities: Doubts, fears, and past traumas can make our system susceptible to the workings of the evil one. If you are suffering from any of these, then take them to the Lord in prayer. Often, time does not really heal all wounds but merely suppresses them. True healing comes from the Lord who not only takes away the pain, but supplements you to make you whole once again.

Our spiritual system with Christ as its core, is meant to run with purity and purpose. Fear not the evil of the world, for our Lord protects all who rely on Him. With vigilance, great faith, and the grace of God, we can ensure our system remains free from corruption, radiating the light of divine purity.

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