A Call to Radical Holiness – message from the ACCR Chairman

When I humbled my soul with fasting it became my reproach Ps 69:10 (RSV)

A call to radical holiness

As the Chairperson of the ACCR one of my main role is to pray and discern what the Lord is saying to us. And as I observe what is happening around the various prayer groups I find that holiness has hit a plateau. The same person doing the same things and everything is becoming routine. In short we are doing “reasonably well not spectacularly well”. This does not draw new people and groups generally tend to peter out. As I contemplate on this the Lord seems to be putting the word ‘humility’ in my heart. The Lord is calling us to a greater level of humility. To be humble I must accept that I am wrong when I have fallen and seek to make amends. Recently we got a prophecy which called for Reconciliation between members of the renewal, of prayer groups, families and so on. Like the prodigal son reconciliation calls for us to accept our failings and short comings and seek forgiveness from God and neighbour. One thing we must keep in mind is that our faith must not be only for the church but must be practiced in all walks of our lives where ever we go and whomever we meet. Another way to practice humility is to be obedient to our superiors like our parish priest, Service group leaders, team leaders, managers and whosoever the Lord has put above us. Obedience keeps us safe from the devil and in the presence of God. “The greater you are the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favour in the sight of the Lord. For great is the Lord he is glorified by the humble” Sir 3:18-20 (RSV). Sirach 3: 17-29 has some very good words on humility. It could be reflected upon during the season of lent which is 2 weeks away. God needs humble people, the church needs them and the ACCR also needs them. “But this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in Spirit” Is 66:2 (RSV)

To this effect we are blessed to have Aneel Aranha in our midst on Waitangi day. We hope to see you all at St. Mark’s church. Please inform as many as you know and do encourage them to come. Carpool if necessary and do whatever you can to evangelise.

May your Lent be a Holy and joyful one. God Bless,

Anil