The First Reading Romans 14:7-9
(7) We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. (8) If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (9) For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
The Second Reading Philippians 1:20-26; 3:13-16; 4:12-13
(20) It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death. (21) For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. (22) If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. (23) I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; (24) but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. (25) Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, (26) so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
(13) Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (15) Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. (16) Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.
(12) I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. (13) I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
In reading this, your heart may be stirred. What you’re feeling is the Holy Spirit drawing you to Christ. To begin or renew a relationship with Jesus, just pray:
“Lord, help me receive your love. I regret the wrong I’ve done. Forgive me. Jesus, I believe you are God’s Son and the Savior of the world. Be my Savior. Save me from myself. Save me for yourself. Enter my heart. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to serve you faithfully and well. Help me to love as you love. Lead me in your Way, Truth, and Life now and forever. Continue to show me who you are and who I am in you. Amen.”
If you pray this prayer, contact a pastor. They’ll show you how to live for Christ with purpose, peace, and joy. Jesus says: “Behold, I make all things new.” That definitely includes YOU!