‘Teacher, we know that you came from God, because no one can do the signs that you do, except God be with him.’ John 3: 2
Starting from this beautiful statement by which Nicodemus, perhaps the greatest of the Rabbis of Israel at that time, characterized the Savior of the world, and at the same time remembering that we also identified with the latter when we accepted the title of ‘Christians’, stop for a moment from the intense running of life, and try to meditate on your ephemeral existence on this earth, so tried and enslaved by sin.
But moving the magnifying glass of analysis to our own people, we should ask ourselves in secret, how we are viewed and what all those around us see in us.
But why do that? you might ask curiously. Well, assuming the title of “Christians,” that is, followers of Christ, we mutually agreed to adopt and manifest the whole mentality in the world, following his example of behavior.
So ask yourself if the signs that accompany your existence still reflect your God in front of others? Or, if the Love, the Goodness, and the self-sacrifice of your Father in heaven are still distinguished in you.
If not, it means that without realizing it, instead of ascending, you descended step by step on the ladder of holiness, reaching the unhappy status by which you only imitate the faith; a man who boasts of what does not belong to him and whose punishment will in the end be a sad, eternal and irreparable one.
Today you choose the paths of wisdom, and looking carefully through the eyes of those around you, diligently analyze everything that is reflected on your face.
Be ready to love unconditionally, sacrificing yourself to the detriment of the weakest like you, to give rather than to receive, to cherish rather than to strike, to smile, and to put passion into everything you do, because only in this way will the people around you perceive in you the wonderful fragrance of Heaven.
Only in this way will heaven descend to earth, and only in this way will the Creator find pleasure in you.
Pastor Florin Antonie