I am on a pilgrimage through this world and everything depends on my seeing the right path and having the attitude to follow it, no matter what attractive temptations appeal to me along the way.
As is true with all proverbs, this is a simple wisdom. For those who believe, there is no need for explanation. For those who do not, no explanation will suffice. It is a matter of common sense. If I believe in God and do all things for God out of that faith, it follows naturally that he will establish my works. He will work his grace in and through them for the good.
God knows our hearts, our every intention. It is for us to try, in his name, to do his will in all things. As in all things, it is our attitude that makes all of the difference. It is true, of course, that if I do all things in order to bring maximum benefit to myself, even at the expense of others, I might succeed and maybe even grow rich and famous. Those who think in worldly terms might count me as successful and even praise me. But as a Christian, I know that this world is not my home. I am on a pilgrimage through this world and everything depends on my seeing the right path and having the attitude to follow it, no matter what attractive temptations appeal to me along the way.
What, then, are the works that I commit to the Lord. They are the works of kindness and mercy, of hospitality and care, and of forgiveness and reconciliation. If I do these things in God’s name, if I commit myself to the Lord in these things, he will establish them and make them fruitful. When I love my spouse and my children in his name, he will establish my family in his grace. If I am truthful in all my communications at work, or with others, God will establish my words in their minds.
The Lord has given us intellects, skills, and talents for a purpose. That purpose is to do good and to avoid evil. He has given us the earth and all that is in it to reveal his love for us. When we treat it with respect, and commit ourselves to its care in every way, the Lord will establish the work of our hands. If we see God’s beauty in all things, in all of his children, even when they are disguised by fear and suffering, and treat them in that beauty, God will establish his beauty in everything we do. The Russian and Christian writer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, understood this concept when he had his character in his book, The Idiot, say after great suffering, “Beauty will save the world.” God is that beauty.
Lord, let us come to realize this simple wisdom in our daily lives. Help us in our homes, at our workplaces, and in our daily sojourns, to commit all that we do to you. We believe that if we do this, you will establish all of our works and their good in your name. Make us true instruments of your grace in this world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
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