John writes to his good friend, Gaius:
“dear friend do not imitate evil but what is good (3 John 1:11).”
John is writing to me; I am Gaius! When we abandon our dreams that society demands, the search for fame and money, we find ourselves open to all types of additional evil quests, unless we open ourselves to God’s will and do what John offers. Our vulnerability to that evil, materialistic society is protected by God. We undertake a personal inquisition that hopefully will lead to God’s domain. We accept the personal relationship we have with God.
We are taught that doing evil is against the law, but more importantly it is against God. When I finally discovered that I am asked to do what is good, my life changed to be so much better than it was. I stepped on to that lighted path that God has reserved for me. Although I know that I am far from perfect, I now use the rest of my life to cleanse my soul of evil. The education I received to become a college professor is now dedicated to what is in Proverbs, “An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge 18:15). Knowledge, being God.
I seek sharing God’s unconditional love. I accept a life of deep solitude, knowing that Love, the Love that God offers, is a lonely quest in our materialistic world. But I am comfortable being a loving vine in God’s world. I am committed to being a central force working against the domination of society and its quest for ungodly riches. I am enriched following what the author of Isaiah writes, “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you. . . (49:8).” We all know that there are secrets that only God knows, and it is up to us to discover their presence within us.
My question of will is not to strive for the material evils of money and personal stature, but to be on the path of Good, to mirror God in every way. I pray that I can be one of the prophets of His message that will last us through eternity.
©Russell Kendall Carter
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