32. Day after day
All believers are called and invited to eternal life. God says to Abraham:
“My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations.” Genesis, chapter, 17, verse 4
Abraham believes in God’s Word, but he may not know what it definitely means. Often, we get intuitions from God, but there’s a mystery surrounding these intuitions, even if after a longer or shorter discernment, they’re from God.
God wants us to remain with him. He wants us to trust him. Day after day, year after year and for the duration of our lives, we’ll need to work the foundation of our faith and solidify it. We then become examples for others, often unknowingly. Like the conversion of Abraham, our own conversion will help lead people to God.
For this friendship (Covenant) to be feasible, God says to Abraham:
“You and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.” Genesis, chapter 17, verse 9
To become credible believers, we need to enter into a relationship with God, in his Covenant. For how can we know someone without trying to know him? God wants to be known. As we were visited in our heart by God, he seeks to be exposed in our surroundings for everyone.
However, some will say to us: “Why do you invite us to perfection, if you are not perfect yourself?” And “why do you talk so much of Jesus, when you’re not that converted to him? Why dare you even speak of Jesus?”
Let’s not wait to be perfect beings before inviting to the perfection of faith to which Jesus calls us. Let’s not expect to be “Jesus” ourselves, before talking about Jesus. We are all called to become like him, to abide in him. And yes, this book is written for the author, so that he may also, himself, convert.
Jesus invites us to evangelize. It’s never in our own name but in Jesus’ name. It’s charitable to invite to the perfection of faith and it’s charitable to mention Jesus’s name. The soul thirsts to hear his name!
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: A path to conversion, Normand Thomas