Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
"Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6)
Do you like a happy simple life?
Simplicity of life can save sinking families , individuals and organizations from their self- destruction. Simplicity means a life with a modest minimum necessities of things. The world is polluted in the realm of physical and spiritual by excess ties of the goods and sins that human beings make use of. Keep up with the Joneses is the life style of the modern world. Cashless plastic and electronic credit cards perpetuate the tendency of buying more and more , working more and more and finally end up being less and less happier in the rat chase. Voluntary simplicity has been practised by the desert fathers, Franciscans’ laymen, Quakers, the Amish and by a number of other orders in Christianity. People with excess have an obligation towards the poor. The gluttony, greed, and vain glory are obstacles in the relationship of human beings with God. Small is always beautiful. When the “me monster” roars, needs of the other become a distant murmur.
The richest man in the world, Warren Buffet still has no cell phone, no desktop computer in his modest office and is living in a small 3-bed room house that he had purchased 50 years ago. He never travels in a private Jet despite the fact that he owns the largest private Jet company. He says the secret of his happiness is his simplicity of life. “I don’t want a 405 feet boat just because someone else has a 400 feet boat,” Buffet said.
We have to live within our means. Be happy with what we have. Live our own life. Learn to be happy with the bare minimum. Excess should be distributed to the needy. Lead a simple life.
Prayer : Jesus, we pray for those who don’t have the basic necessities of life. Let them find a way to meet their needs. Let the rich have the mind to give up their excess to the needy. Let the people look on you and emulate your life on earth. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Tuesday 4th January 2011
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012