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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
(Part 69)

STAGES IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

November 5, 2016


People usually experience three stages in their relationship with Christ -- emotional, intellectual, volitional. These have to do with the heart, the mind, the will.[1] The stages, which overlap, can come quickly in succession,[2] or take long periods of time.

The first stage is when one meets Christ and is touched by the Spirit. He has an emotional experience, a high. In the parable of the sower, he is the one who received the word with joy. But unless he moves strongly into the second stage, he can fall away because he has no roots.

The second stage is when one begins to live Christ. He gets to know Christ more. He prays, reads the Bible, undergoes formation, studies aspects of the Christian life, begins to share Christ, serves in ministry. He has an intellectual experience, a deepening, a greater understanding of what the new life is about. He is entering into discipleship. In the parable of the sower, he would be one whose faith takes root. But many of those in this stage still fall away. They strive to live by the Spirit but are overcome with the works of the flesh.[3] They are the foolish Galatians.[4]

The third stage comes as a decision of the will. He has totally turned over his life to Jesus. He has been honed by trials, persecution and suffering. He is determined to endure. He denies self and embraces the cross. He accepts the loss of all worldly things and even consider them rubbish.[5] He is consumed by zeal to proclaim the gospel.[6] He is deliberate, determined and dogged. He has decided to follow Jesus all the way, without conditions, knowing full well the challenges and pain that come, and there is no turning back.[7] Because of his intimate relationship with Jesus, he has grown in knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.[8] He understands and practices mercy. He is an authentic servant leader and a holy warrior. He is a prophetic witness. In the parable of the sower,[9] he would be one who has deep roots, has endured trial and tribulation, has overcome worldly anxiety[10] and the lure of riches[11] and craving for other things,[12] and bear fruit a hundredfold.

There are those in the second stage who have not truly experienced the first stage. He is the one who is catechized and sacramentalized but not evangelized.

One who reaches the third stage continues with the second, and have occasional instances of the first. God continues to touch the heart, the mind and the will -- the total person. Until he becomes another Christ. He then is a saint.

Let all the saints come marching in.

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[1] The Biblical understanding of “heart” involves all three.
[2] As in the case of Saul who became Paul. An implacable enemy of Christ and the Church, Saul was converted by Jesus himself on the road to Damascus, and after some days was already proclaiming Christ (Acts 9:19b-20). He would soon be the great apostle Paul.
[3] Galatians 6:16-21.
[4] Galatians 3:1-4.
[5] Philippians 3:7-8.
[6] I Corinthians 9:16.
[7] Philippians 3:13b-14.
[8] Matthew 13:11.
[9] Mark 4:14-20.
[10] The antidote is total trust in Jesus.
[11] The antidote is embrace of the evangelical virtue of poverty.
[12] The antidote is a rejection of consumerism, materialism, hedonism, as well as of seeking power, position and perks in the work of the Kingdom.
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