Friday, November 9, 2012

“You cannot build a dream on a foundation of sand.”

"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."   -  Napoleon Bonaparte

(Scripture Text: 1 COR 3:9C-11, 16-17)
Brothers and sisters:
You are God's building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy

 To be his temple we need to stand on the firm foundation, the only foundation of this temple, Jesus Christ. Thus, when we serve the Church as builders by sharing our faith and bringing others into God’s temple, we need to be sure that we are bringing them into the temple that has Jesus as its foundation, and not a building of our own choosing.

Using your actions to show that God lives in you is not something that can be done lightly. You must be constantly aware of what you do, and how you do it. Thinking about others and taking them before yourself, showing that you can be an example in the eyes of your friends, family, and people you encounter daily.

As men and women with and for others, we must be leaders in kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, trustworthiness, and in our treatment of other human beings. St. Francis of Assisi once said “speak the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words”. This is an excellent statement to describe not only how to behave, but also to be aware of how impactful you can be as an individual.

Be the best example you can be!

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