“God’s Reign is Obedience and Keeping of His Commands”
6th Sunday in Kingdomtide
Fellowship of the Least Coin Sunday
Flip Wilson had a famous catchphrase for Geraldine, a character which he created in his variety show. The catchphrase was, “the devil made me do it.” Everytime Geraldine is being accused of her husband doing something wrong like buying expensive dresses, crashing the car into the side of the church or echoed an annoying word, she would excuse herself and would always say, “It wasn’t me, the devil made me do it.” Maybe, at some point in our lives, we have used the same catchphrase, “the devil made me do it” with an additional phrase, “no one is to blame, for I am just human.” Sa ating buhay kadalasan natin naririnig ang mga katagang, “sapagkat ako ay tao lamang” lalo’t higit kung nais nating pagtakpan ang ating pagkakasala o pagkukulang. And everytime we uttered the said phrase, it is God our Creator Whom we look down on. Sad to say, that catchphrase can condition one’s mind to believe that the devil has all the power to do all things that he commanded us to do. We might ask, is the devil really equally as powerful as God, so that we can, at anytime, fall into temptation and commit sins before God? The answer is a resounding No! No, because Jesus made it clear to us in John chapter four verse four, that “the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.” Christ has shown to us that we can be victorious against the works of the devil. But the said truth doesn’t stop the devil to work harder to win us, for surely, he can be that deceitfully persuasive and misleading. But as we come closer to God, the harder the devil will work to get us off track and make us fall into the trap of sin.