Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27)
Do you believe that taking care of those who are in distress is true worship?
Service to humanity is service to God. Leaving the sick and going for Sunday worship never pleases both the Creator and the creation. True worship is to take care of the people. They are the Temple of God. You see God in the faces of each and every individual. If they are in distress, then we should know that Jesus is in distress. Magnificent churches and big mansions are mere mortars - it's nothing but pomp and show. Even the antique value of the large medieval churches have diminished. Constructing a Church means to enlighten/improve the human beings who are sick and in distress. True worship, according to James is, not going for Sunday morning churches, but true worship is what happens when you care for the sick in your house and neighbourhood.
40 years of happy married life of Mathew and Sara saw a thorn in their life when Mathew become sick by stroke. The burden of looking after the husband fell on the shoulders of Sara , who was a regular church goer. She shifted the Sunday worship to her home by looking after her husband. She was completely shut out from the outside world. Always with a smile on her face, she took loving care of him 24/7 till Mathew died after 14 long bed-ridden years. She is the genuine Israelite! The world is in high demand for this kind of heroes. See that our Sunday worship is not at the expense of pain and sorrow of anybody in our homes and neighbourhood. "Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my father in heaven will enter” (Mathew 7:21).
Prayer : Jesus, let us worship you by serving the people who are made in your image. Lord, let nobody be in distress and let everyone be cared and loved for. Let us be an instrument of love and healing to the widows, widowers, sick and the needy. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Tuesday, February 1st, 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