God calls all Christians to help Him to save souls. How far would you go to help Jesus in His mission?
When God chose to become man, in the person of Jesus Christ, and to die for our salvation it was so that He could pay the price for our sins and open the gates of paradise to us.
God is mercy and God is justice. God gave us The Law (The Ten Commandments) through Moses so that we would know how to lead lives that would honor Him. But you know what happened, man broke the Law by sinning. Mankind failed to live up to God’s standard of Justice.
In order to enable man to enjoy the fruits of eternal life, God incarnated in the person of Jesus Christ, to suffer and die for our salvation and to extend to us His mercy. In this way, Jesus made reparation to divine justice (i.e., Jesus paid the price of God’s Divine Justice by becoming for us Divine Mercy).
Purified by the Holy Blood of Jesus, souls are saved as we repent of our sins and receive the mercy of God….BUT WHAT ABOUT SOULS THAT DO NOT REPENT?
God has a plan to save them too and every believer has a role to play in God’s plan of salvation…WE ARE ALL CALLED TO HELP JESUS TO SAVE SOULS BY DEVOTING OUR LIVES TO DOING GOD’S HOLY WILL AND TO ACCEPT WHATEVER SUFFERING LIFE MAY BRING. If we want to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we must repent of our sins and do penance to prove our love to God as we pray for God’s grace upon all.
Recall St. John the Baptist said, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Matthew 3:8 Another translation of Matthew 3:8 is “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”
When we think about ‘doing penance’ we often think of some type of ‘mortification’ or ‘denial’ like fasting but ‘penance’ can involve embracing new forms of charity or volunteer work to prove to God that we are committed to showing Him how much we love Him.
Consider this scenario:
You are a soldier on a battlefield and a man has fallen; he is wounded and dying, but you can bring that person to safety; however it may involve sacrificing and even suffering.
Do you do it?
Your answer may be, well it depends on who it is. Do I know them? Do I love them? Is the ‘fallen man’ my friend or my enemy?
God would want our answer to be ‘yes’, you will carry that man to safety, regardless of who he is because that is true love – loving God and loving our neighbors, that’s our mission on earth as disciples of Jesus.
Everyday heinous crimes are committed because evil enters into souls. These souls have fallen. They are no longer in God’s grace. These souls are not repenting. Perhaps they don’t even believe in God. Satan rejoices because He thinks these souls now belongs to him…But God’s Bride (His Church) helps her Bridegroom Jesus by surrendering everything to God and living every moment for His glory.
The Bride of Christ sacrifices and suffers as required to help those souls to repent and receive God’s graces again. If you understand this, then know that in those times when you have to suffer you are especially powerful then because you can offer your suffering to God for the salvation of souls.
Recall St Paul saying, “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24
Understand there is nothing missing in the sacrifice of Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus pays the price of all sins, but what’s lacking in the world is repentance and true contrition. St. Paul was not offering up his suffering to ‘atone’ for sins, he was offering up his suffering to bring souls to Jesus so that Jesus could save them. St. Paul was in effect carrying fallen souls to Jesus so that Jesus could heal them through the power of His Love and Sacrifice.
If everyone turned back to God with a penitent heart then Jesus would forgive and save all. St. Paul explained God’s mysteries to the Church in formation “I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness– the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.” Colossians 1: 25-26
We are called as followers of Jesus to help one another to grow in wisdom, understanding God’s Holy Word and His Holy Will.
Believers of Christ, we are called to be spiritual warriors who understand that there is an invisible enemy (Satan) that is wreaking great havoc in the world, and this enemy is counting on us hating the perpetrators of crimes and injustices because he wants those souls for ever…BUT Jesus wants to save them!
God wants us to recognize these fallen souls as our brothers and sisters and to help Him to carry them to a safe haven – that’s true love. We live in a world where we are surrounded by strangers; we can easily forget that we are all one family and that we need to fight for one another so we all can enjoy the eternal fruits of paradise.
Put on the Armor of God
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6: 10-18
God’s way is based on reciprocity which means God wants to work with us to transform our world and our lives. When we pray for one another we are calling for the omnipotent (all powerful) force of God to empower us to love. We make time for so many things but can sometimes forget the things that are most important to God.
Jesus said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew 5: 44-46
Please join Christians all over the world that are uniting every day in a powerful moment of remembrance and prayer at the Time Jesus died for us, 3pm ( in our local time zones). As you remember the sacrifice of Christ realize that this sacrifice has the power to open the gates of Paradise to every soul that will repent. Let us come together to pray for Jesus to send His Holy Spirit upon our sinful and suffering world to help souls to repent and receive His saving grace. And if 3pm locally is not a good time for you, then pick another time zone and let that be the Sacred Time where you will remember the Passion of Christ and see yourself on the world’s battle field praying for fallen souls. As we pray we will ask Our Saviour Jesus to save us all!
Learn more about the peace movement that is uniting the Body of Christ here. It’s called A Peaceful Revolution in the Name of Jesus Christ.