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To whom do I Belong?

"God created man in his own image and likeness...male & female he created them" (Genesis 1:26-27)

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you..." (Jeremiah 1:5)

We are all chosen by God and called by name to know, love and serve Him for all his glory and the power of all creation. However, since we have also been given a free will, we can choose who we will love and serve. Sadly, temptations of the Evil One lure us to worship and love other things around us through our pride in our ever increasing materialistic and secular world.eg. money, possessions etc.  But our lives and everything we possess belong to God alone. Even for us parents, our children are only 'on loan' to us (while they are dependent upon us), so that we can teach them to love and care for others - our neighbour - and our world.

To maintain stability and order, countries and tribes need a leader with rules/regulations to guide their people wisely to live in harmony and peace.  All power and responsibility should be undertaken for LOVE of another and neighbour - whatever their colour, creed or faith - remembering it is always God our creator who is in control, and loves every one of us; personally, and individually.

Today is Mission Sunday when we are reminded of our neighbours that are suffering around the world because of conflict, poverty and disease. So YES, let us pay our taxes honestly, but moreover give to God what belongs to God: namely ourselves, for His glory and power, by loving our neighbours with our time, talents, gifts and/or money.

"Teach me to do your will, for you, O Lord, are my God.

Let your good Spirit guide me" (Psalm 142:10)

                                                         And in the words of St Francis of Assisi....

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy."

AMEN

 E Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                     


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