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St. Martin de Porres

Philippians 2:5-11
Psalm 22:26-32
Luke 14:15-24

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“Your attitude must be that of Christ.” —Philippians 2:5

To have Christ’s attitude seems impossible. However, it’s not only possible but a “must” (Phil 2:5). Jesus’ attitude is to empty Himself by obediently accepting even death on the cross, and through death be glorified (Phil 2:7-9). We must have that attitude. There are no excuses (Lk 14:18). We are weak, but He is strong. We can’t do it ourselves, but we can let it be done unto us (Lk 1:38). It’s impossible for us, but nothing is impossible for God (Lk 1:37).

We don’t have to have “willpower,” but we do need “will,” that is, a willingness to be like Jesus in all the gory and glory details, in death and resurrection, in suffering and victory. The question is not: “Am I strong enough to follow Christ?” but “Do I really want to follow Him?” “He was spurned and avoided by men, a Man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from Whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held Him in no esteem” (Is 53:3).

Do I want to follow in those footsteps? Do I want to be a Christian? Jesus is obviously not out to sell us on Christianity. Certainly, the Christian has the abundant, eternal life. However, the Lord does not use this to talk us into the kingdom; He loves us into the kingdom.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I unconditionally love You as You love me.

Promise:  “Go out into the highways and along the hedgerows and force them to come in. I want My house to be full.” —Lk 14:23

Praise:  St. Martin de Porres was a child of extreme poverty in Lima, Peru. He cared for all people and received extraordinary gifts from God in his prayer life. His biracial and multicultural heritage, combined with his humility, allowed him to powerfully serve God. In Peru, he was praised by Spaniards, African slaves and the Native Indians.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Divine Love, order, listen to, or download our CD 52-3 or DVD 52 on our website.)

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