All Christians are called to be disciples of Christ. We must carry His name all the time. We must live it out no matter what. Professing that we are Christians but not follow the ways of Christ is a contradiction. In Mt 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me. “Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?” Then I will declare to them solemnly ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers”. What does this mean? God is not even talking about those who are not in relationship, but those who serve him. What God is asking from us is for us be true disciples of Christ. How do we become true disciples of Christ?
We must have a deep relationship with God. In Lk 9:23, Jesus said “If anyone who wishes to come after me, he must deny himself take up his cross daily and follow me”. First, to deepen our relationship with God we must be a servant by denying ourselves. We think of others first more than ourselves. We do not look to our personal well-being as we serve our Jesus, our Master. Jesus exemplifies the model of servanthood. We must imitate Him all the way. Second, we must be willing to take up our cross daily, not once a year, not monthly, not weekly but daily. Let the cross be our banner as we engage against the enemy. We must be a soldier of Christ who are always ready to go forth when Jesus, our Commander-in-chief tells us to go. And lastly, we must follow Jesus. To follow Jesus is to be the son of the Father. Holiness must be our ultimate goal.
For us to be true disciples, we must have relationship with Christians. As we consider ourselves Christians, God is asking us to be in good relationship with others. St. Paul addresses Epaphroditus as brother, co-worker and fellow soldier. Therefore, we must also do the same. First, we must be brothers to one another by being there all the times, even in hard times or victories. Our presence must always be felt. We must help one another. We must build one another towards Christ. Second, we have to be co-workers – co-workers in bringing the Good News of salvation to all people especially those who don’t know Christ. We must strive hard together as we respond to new evangelization. And lastly, we have to be comrades-in-arms. As we engage in this spiritual warfare, we need one another in order to fight this battle. We have to be ready at all times.
For us to become true disciples, we must have a relationship with the world. First and foremost, we must strengthen our relationship with our family. We must be very true to our identity as Missionary Families of Christ. If we want to make a change in this world, let us start it with our family. During this time of crisis, God needs us all the more. In this time that the Churches are closed, no sacraments are being given to the public, the more that we need to be missionaries to the world. We need brave souls that can engage even in the digital highways. In this time when following Christ is hard because of doubts, fears and grief, the more that we need to strengthen ourselves believing that God is with us.
Let us continue to follow Christ. Let us continue to carry the cross. Let us carry our cross just like a champion carries his trophy. Let heaven be our goal. Heaven all the way to heaven.
Julius Eguia is a Full Time Pastoral Worker of Missionary Families of Christ. He is currently the National Coordinator of the Missionary Families of Christ – Singles section.