This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Monday, June 7, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Come, let us bow and prostrate before him, and kneel before the Most High, our creator. —For he is our God,
and we are the sheep of his pasture. (Ps. 94:7)
The Lord said to me, you are my child,
today I have begotten you.
Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance and the ends of the earth as your possession.
You will govern them with an iron rod,
you will smash them to pieces like a clay pot.
Now understand, you kings;
learn, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice in him with trembling. Accept instruction lest the Lord get angry and you perish from the right way
when his anger is provoked.
Blessed are all who put their trust in him.
From Basil’s work, On Baptism.
In view of these and other pronouncements, we are under the
strictest obligation (unless we have received the grace of God in vain) first, to free ourselves from the domination of the devil who leads a slave of sin into evil even against his will. Secondly, each of us—after denying himself immediate satisfactions and breaking off his attachment to this life—must become a disciple of the Lord, as he himself said, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me;” that is, become my disciple. (Matt. 16:24) He presents this same injunction in a more extended, forceful and graphic way in the Gospel of Luke, as we shall see.
But all of us escape the condemnation for our sins mentioned earlier if we believe in the grace of God through his only son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which shall be shed for many for the remission of sins.” Paul also testified to this truth when he wrote, “Love each other the way Christ loved us and surrendered himself for us— an offering and a sacrifice to God.” (Eph. 5:2) When pardon for his transgressions is granted to someone, that is, when a person is delivered from his sinful state by our Redeemer, Jesus Christ our Lord, he then becomes fit to receive instruction.
Relieve me of my sins and guilt, Lord Jesus, especially those I have become so used to that I no longer realize they are offensive to you. May your Spirit illumine my mind and heart to discern accurately the state of my soul so that, with your help, I may attempt the renovation you would like to see accomplished in me by accepting your instruction and thus make greater progress in my journey to your everlasting kingdom. Amen