Today with Jesus
- Today's Bible verse
"Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
We are created to stay together and work together too. Teamwork is the lubrication oil for the success of any venture. Even to get a job or to get an admission, the main criterion is how good we are as a team player. The phenomenal growth and sustainment of Christianity for the last 2000 years is rooted in the team Jesus had selected and appointed to do the commission. Jesus is the master of masters of management. That can be applied in all areas of our life. Mark 6:7 - “He called his 12 disciples together and got ready to send them out two by two.” Luke 10 :11 - "After this, the Lord chose 72 others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him.” Done in accord and unity, any work is impregnable for the enemy to defeat. Ecclesiastes 4:!2 - “A cord of 3 strings is not quickly broke.” Jesus assured answers for a prayer for those who pray together in one mind. Mathew 18:19 - "If two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you.”
Pop singer, Frankie Valli and the man who wrote most of his hits, Bob Gaudio, have worked together on a simple handshake deal since 1962. After more than 4 decades, they still split every dollar they earn 50:50. Amazingly, they even split money that each earn individually. For example, in 1978 Valli made some $2 million for singing the title song to the movie GREASE. Half went to Gaudio, who did not work on the film. Three years later, Gaudio produced the music for the Neil Diamond film, The Jazz Singer. Half his profits went to Valli. The two friends, who grew up in a working class Italian neighbourhood, conceived of their unusual arrangement when they were struggling to launch their singing group. Figuring they could achieve more by supporting each other, the two friends decided from the beginning that they would watch each other’s back - forever. Added Valli; “If you trust your partner, contracts are not important. We have never had to police on each other.”
Prayer : Jesus, teach us how to live and work together. Let us have the spirit of unity and trust. We praise you for the trust and unity of Valli and Gaudio. Let us work as a team in our homes, in jobs, in churches and have the fruits of it. Destroy all the forces of disunity and mistrust. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Monday 30th May 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