Vinnies View by Brian Moore
RECENTLY when reflecting on my early school days, it appeared to me at that time, the love of God was more or else based on a merit system.
If you were good, God loved you.
If you were not good, He was angry with you.
During my formative and later years, I was very fortunate to have had people like my mother, priests, nuns, Christian Brothers, good Christian friends and members of the Vincentian family to give me the nourishment and support that I needed to spiritually grow.
I have now come to the conclusion that the more you apply God’s Word daily and regularly connect with other believers, the more you will learn to trust God in every situation and become more like Jesus.
There is no doubt in my mind that God uses His Word, people and circumstances to mould us into the likeness of Christ, Gods Word provides the truth we need to know, God’s people provide the support we need to grow and the Vincentian vocation gives us the opportunity to be Christ-like.
On reflection, I would have to say that spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic.
It is a gradual continual progressive development that can take the rest of our lives.
It has certainly taken me a long time to get to the level of where I hope I am today.
We can never say that we are perfect, because we have not yet learned all that we should.
However, we should endeavour to keep working towards the day when we will be finally all Christ saved us for and desires us to be.
It is only in the last few years that I have come to realise that leading a Christian life is not an automatic event, it is a growth process, a continuing spiritual work in progress.
Do we as Christians realise that God is more concerned about our character than our careers, because we will have to take our character into eternity not our careers?
We have to be really careful, that we do not become too adjusted to a culture that gives us little time to think of God.
Each day each one of us has a choice to make a counter-cultural decision to focus on becoming more Christ-like.
If we can endeavour to do just that, there is no doubt in my mind the Holy Spirit will empower us to carry it out.
There are times in our life when we appear to be close to the cross, but far away from Christ so, what is our progress in the spirituality stakes today?
It is indeed something that we should reflect upon on a regular basis.
Brian Moore is the past president of the Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society.