Skip to content

Christianity: An Extraordinary Opportunity

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill
3/19/2018 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Mark 1:17

'If you proclaim with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved.'

"If you proclaim with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved."

Highlights

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
3/19/2018 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Christian, Catholic, Bible, Scripture, Adele Gill, Adele M. Gill, Catholic Online, Love


As Christians, we have the extraordinary opportunity to strive to live a good life in Jesus Christ. We are called to focus on what is good and right and true. We try our level best to avoid occasions of sin, but in our humanness, we fall short time and again through our words, deeds, thoughts and even bad habits. I say strive because we are all sinners to some degree. For we all fall short of the glory of God, the Divine plan He has for each of us. Yet the operative word here is strive. 

As a striving people, trying to emulate Jesus, we are called to radical faith. The kind of faith that focuses first on getting our own houses in order, figuratively speaking. Secondly, we are called to be fishers of men - that is to love as many people as possible to help them follow Jesus day by day. The example this Scripture gives us is one of becoming gatherers. We are called to gently, through love, not coercion, bring others to Christ while being careful to avoid sin in our own lives.

Those who get to Heaven will not be there because of how many rosaries said, church attendance, self-righteousness, eloquent prayers, or works. In actuality, no one deserves to go to Heaven. Since we are all sinners, it is only through God's generous grace that it is possible for anyone to go to Heaven, as none of us are worthy.  No one will have the right to say, "What is he/she doing here?!" upon seeing others they deem "unworthy." A better question in the present tense is this: "What am I doing to lead others to Jesus Christ?"  

God redeems the repentant soul, erasing the slate of sin even for a life sorely lived up until the very moment of that person's redemption - for some, at the hour of death. No one can earn their way to Heaven. It can only happen through God's mercy and grace, which is unearned merit.

However, we are called to love with complete abandon. In fact, love is at the very center of God's eternal Divine plan for each of us - belief in and love of Him, and love of one another are central to the Gospel message.

"If you proclaim with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

_______________________________________________

[Adapted from the new inspirational book, 'From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You' by Adele M. Gill and Dr. Verna Benner Carson available on Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble.]

(C) Copyright 2018   |   Distributed by News Consortium

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK


Comments


More Blog

God's Compassion & Mercy for You

Image of Jesus has various forms of healing for all of us.

"11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally ... continue reading


Fallen Short and Lifting Up

Image of

"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 Once I was in the hospital for 5 days and had a seemingly constant ... continue reading



No Condemnation in Jesus Christ

Image of

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives ... continue reading


Stop The Nonsense! Reinstate Reverent Silence in Our Churches Now! Our Lord Deserves Nothing Less!!

Image of

It should trouble the hearts of all Catholics to see how we have lost the sense of the Sacred within our Church buildings, where for the ... continue reading


Are You at Peace?

Image of

"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."  Romans 12:18 Peace. What a blessing it is when we are ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.