Total Commitment to the Lord

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

The life of a Christian whose commitment to the Lord is not total is a waste. St. Paul was a totally committed apostle so that he could assure his fellow Christians beyond any doubt that, "Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death" (Phil 1:20). This kind of total commitment and abandonment to God’s will is reflected in the laborers who came late to work in the vineyard. They made no agreement with the Master about their pay but were content to place themselves in his hands and trust Him to do what was right (Mt 20:7). God has entrusted each of us with a mission and calls us to give ourselves unreservedly to it. 

Those who dedicate themselves totally to the Lord, will experience His surprising and surpassing generosity. For example, in a spirit of total dedication to the Lord, if we not only forgive those who offend us but forget their offenses, we will see how "rich He is in forgiving our own sins" (Is 55:7). In our total dedication to the Lord, if we serve Him not just fulfilling our duties but offering to do more, not just by doing what is expected of us but also by doing the unexpected, we will see how surpassing is His own generosity towards us. God doesn’t count or measure. He makes too much wine at the wedding at Cana, He multiplies too much bread for the crowd. Yes; when God does things, He does them in a big way.

Stories abound about people who turned themselves completely to the Lord and experienced God’s amazing grace. And yet, it is amazing how reluctant some of us are to turn to the Lord in an act of total conversion. Perhaps we don’t still trust that God will be generous in forgiving us. It is also amazing how half-hearted many of us are in our service to the Lord. Why is it that some of us serve the Lord sometimes and serve ourselves at other times? Perhaps it is because our minds operate on market forces; in a market, people are paid what they are worth, so we think that God too will act in the same way towards us. But the Lord insists that it is not so much with Him, saying, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, My ways are not your ways" (Is 55:8). God has His own form of justice and it is heavily weighted in favor of the poor who entrust all their cares to Him and give their entire selves to Him. 

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