Grace to you!
A prominent pop artist, whose name I prefer not to mention, told me of the ordeals he experienced when recording music with the name of Jesus in the lyrics. Some in the music industry warned him that this might cost him his career. He went ahead, produced and released the song, as he was inspired. The music was a success. Surprised?
Some days later, he found he had lost many of those who networked him in the circus of the power brokers in the music industry. This, in the long run, meant losing a lot of money and connections.
“Though I have lost many of my friends” he told me, “I have not lost my joy.”
I thank God for this young man being himself and standing up to his belief, even when it cost him fortunes. I continue to pray for him and would ask if you could keep him in your prayers too.
His story is similar to many in our world today where it seems to be a bold Christian is tantamount to ridicule. Hence many prefer to keep their faith private.
Are you shy of bearing witness to the Resurrected Lord? Are you afraid of persecution, of losing a friend or connections, of being sidelined, of losing money or even of suffering emotional pains? Courage! Learn from the boldness of Peter and the apostles who replied to those who wanted to silence the gospel: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
Maybe we’re unable to bear witness to the faith because we are inadequately informed about it, do not believe enough, or we’ve not developed a deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus as to be confident about it. If this is the case, there are ways we can do better.
I remember when I was going through the motions, though I was already baptized as a believer. I wasn’t bold about my faith. By God’s grace, all that changed when I encountered the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the praying of the Rosary and the faith deepening that occurs through a renewed life of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Confession, and reading of God’s Word in Scripture.
In particular, daily visits to the Blessed Sacraments played a huge role in my faith-rediscovery. I began to see things differently. It changed everything for me.
Why not try these, and see how your weakness can be transformed for God’s glory. The Risen Lord will grant us fresh fervor for his cause.
I pray for you. May God inspire and enlighten the minds of your heart to love him and know him more so as to boldly testify that He is risen. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Second Week of Easter, Thursday: Acts 5:27-33; Jn 3:31-36]
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