Mother Teresa walked with Jesus to become a great missionary and the living saint of the modern world was born in 1910, in Skopje, the current capital of the Republic of Macedonia, The following day, she was baptized as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her parents, Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, were of Albanian descent; her father was an entrepreneur who worked as a construction contractor and a trader of medicines and other goods, The Bojaxhius were a devoutly Catholic family, from this family God raised Mother Teresa to show His love to the poorest of the poor in this world
Mother Teresa was a Divine Star
When Jesus was born the star showed the way to the wise men and they were overjoyed and worshiped Jesus and went with great joy, peace, happiness and blessings (Math 2:10-11, Luke 2:20). Even today millions of people do not know Jesus, they are living in sin, sickness, sorrow, broken in heart, depressed, disappointed have become slaves to drinks, drugs, pornography, bad habits, filled with hate, vengeance, grudges, anger, lust, evil and wickedness in their heart and mind, we need a star to direct them to Jesus. Mother Teresa was truly a divine star not only for Christian community but to the whole world and to the people of all faith leading them to experience the true love of God. Mother Teresa suffered and sacrificed her life to bring blessings to millions of suffering people around the world, thousands of poor people before they died they said to Mother Teresa we have not seen Jesus but we are seeing Jesus through you, and surely you can also be a divine star to guide your family, friends and many people to Christ Jesus to receive Blessings from the hands of Jesus.
Lesson from Mother Teresa’s life
God Looks for faithfulness in little things, Mother Teresa was working very hard as a teacher then as a principal of Saint Mary’s school. In 1 Kings 19:19-21, we read of Elijah calling Elisha. Elisha was working hard in the fields with his oxen when Elijah called him. Notice first of all that God always calls those who are working hard and are faithful in their secular occupations. Moses was faithfully looking after his father-in-law’s sheep when God called him. David was looking after sheep and fighting with lions and bears. Amos was a hardworking herdsman. Peter, James, John and Andrew were hardworking fishermen. Matthew was sitting at the table working on his accounts. We never see anywhere in the Old Testament or the New Testament that God called a lazy man for His service.
We don’t find Elijah going to Elisha’s house when he was fast asleep and calling him there – because we would have thought he was a lazy man. Jesus also never went to Peter’s house in the evening to call him. He called him when he was fishing. All these examples show us that God wants us to be faithful and hardworking in our secular jobs before He can call us to serve Him. If you are not faithful in earthly matters, how can you be faithful in heavenly matters? If you are young and still living at home, then be a faithful son or daughter to your parents.
Notice secondly that all these men dropped everything and went as soon as God called them. We see that with Peter, John and Matthew and also here with Elisha. God calls those who will respond to His call immediately and wholeheartedly. They may seek to confirm God’s call on their lives with godly people in order to be certain that they are not acting on their own emotional feelings. But once they are sure, they act quickly. God can use only such people to serve Him, because His service requires instant obedience, total commitment and hard work.
Mother Teresa as a teacher and the Principal through her kindness, generosity and unfailing commitment to her students’ education, also she led the students to a life of devotion to Christ. Education may help us to shine in this world but devotion to Christ will lead us to shine in Eternal life. God tests us in our secular occupations to see whether we are faithful. If you are asked to clean a room and you are careless about the way you do it or you are not bothered about it, I doubt if God will ever call you to serve Him. Because, if that’s the way you clean up a room that will probably be the way you clean up your heart, mind, and your family as well. How then can God use you to build His Kingdom and clean up His church? It is faithfulness in the little things that God looks for.
Suffering brings blessings
By God’s grace I was very close to Mother Teresa, every time I used to meet her to take blessing she used to tell me “son you are doing a wonderful work by bringing people to Jesus continue to do it and my prayers are always with you”, many times when I used to give retreats to her sisters in her house in Calcutta even Mother Teresa used to attend the retreat, Mother Teresa always used to sit on the floor in the chapel, during the prayer time I used to sit next to her on the floor, every time I used to see her feet I used to think of Isaiah 52:7 “ How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news, peace and salvation and glory to God” truly her feet was most beautiful in the sight of God. Is our hands, feet, body, mind and heart beautiful in the sight of God?
Mother Teresa suffered and sacrificed her life to bring blessings to Millions of suffering people around the world and made the world to realize that our life in this world is a preparation for eternal life. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven for ever. One day our heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of our body, but not the end of us. We may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but we are going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act, the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until we figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense. Life is a series of problems, you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in our character than our comfort. God is more interested in making our life holy than He is in making our life happy. We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness. in Luke 16:19 we read that the rich man lived in his richness the way he wanted and went to hell after he died but the poor man had sufferings in his life after he died he went to heaven, end result of our life is very important as Jesus said in Mark 8:36 what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loose his soul?
Mother Teresa lead the people to PRAISE GOD during Happy moments, SEEK GOD during Difficult moments, WORSHIP GOD during Quiet moments, TRUST GOD during Painful moments and THANK GOD every moment, The great need among God’s people has always been for godly leaders. Jesus looked out at the multitudes in His day and saw them as sheep without a shepherd. He told His disciples to pray that God would send shepherds into the midst of His people (Matt.9:36-38). When God looks at the churches and families across the world today, He sees the same need for godly leaders and godly parents. The challenge that comes to us then is to satisfy the heart of God in our generation by being the type of men and women He is looking for.
We need many more Mother Teresas
In every generation God needs godly leaders. We cannot depend on the wisdom of the leaders of previous generations. David could not rule over Israel forever. He would die, and someone else would have to take over. What would become of Israel depended on the type of person that the next king would be. God raises up a godly person to start a work in one generation. He becomes old and dies. Will the leaders in the next generation have only the founder’s knowledge and his doctrines but not his godliness and his knowledge of God? Then the people will certainly go astray. So shall we pray and ask Jesus to make us and our family members a living saint like Mother Teresa, and like other saints, and like prophets and like Apostles to build His kingdom.
Jesus said Go to the Ends of the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. (Mathew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20), and Pope John Paul the 2nd said every Christian is a successor of Jesus Christ and must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Jesus said harvest is plenty but the reapers are few, are we serious of the calling or are we busy in our own world?
Dr. D Jayanand