Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.”(Luke 17:16)
Hearts without gratitude...
Thankfulness is a medicine for the heart, soul and body. We have to thank God for all our blessings. Gratitude helps us to see the little things in life that are so often overlooked, yet so precious. The new generation thinks that they are entitled to get everything as they wish and that they are not accountable or responsible to give thanks for all their blessings in their life. This is very dangerous and suicidal. The air we breathe, the water, we drink, the food we eat, and all things that we enjoy are not our creations, but the gifts of God. The greatest gift God gave us was His son Jesus, who was crucified on the cross. So, "Let us thank God for his priceless gift” - 2 Corinthians 9:15. In our busy lives, we forget or do not find/make time to thank in word or deed, the people to whom we are indebted to for our daily blessings, small and big. If we do so, it would make a big difference in our lives resulting in more love and happiness around us.
Jesus healed all the ten lepers, but only one returned to thank him. It is possible to receive God’s great gifts with an ungrateful spirit, and usually nine out ten men do so. This one man knew that his faith had played a role in his healing; and only grateful people grow in understanding God’s grace . God does not demand that we thank him, but he is pleased when we do so. We should be thankful to our parents, teachers, schools, priests, people and institutions who are stepping stones for our growth and development. We should return it by contributing in whatever way we can with our acquired talents and funds.
Dr. Vladmir Promovich, who migrated from Ukraine to Israel in 1998, said that in gratitude for his restored
eyesight, he would volunteer at Kaplan Hospital. “Then my vision problems began. My left eye failed, and through my right eye, I could see less because of a decline in the cornea. Because of that, I stopped working completely as a doctor. But after the donated cornea transplant by his colleagues in his right eye, he was able to see. “I’m totally independent now. It’s amazing. I will offer my services to Kaplan Hospital. After all, I worked here, and now they have given me my sight back.
Prayer : Jesus, let our generation grow in gratitude. Instil the spirit of thankfulness in our hearts and minds. Forgive the thankless generation and make them realize the happiness and blessings of being grateful. We pray for those who have not been acknowledged and thanked for their sacrifices and help/services rendered. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, 9th Feb 2012
- 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