Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” (Acts 2:45)
Does possession of property make us different from others?
Possession of wealth for exclusive enjoyment by the owner doesn't fall in line with God’s commandment of sharing and caring. Most of the wars, disputes, murder and enmity arises for the contention of property and its uses. The earth and its belongings are the ownership of the creator and that should be shared by all who are in need. If we are ready to share what we have, then the way to the king (Jesus) is paved. It’s a challenge to the Christians who preach and do wonders in the name of Christ. The joy and peace we need in our homes can also be achieved from sharing our wealth with the needy, which can be done in different ways.
Recognizing the other believers as brothers and sisters in the family of God, the Christians in Jerusalem shared all they had so that all could benefit from God’s gifts. It’s tempting, especially if we have material wealth, to cut ourselves off from one another and selfishly enjoy life. But as part of God’s spiritual family, it’s our responsibility to help one another in every possible way. God’s family works best when its members work together.
Ambika is from Perumon, Kerala, India. The only possession she had was the 7 and a half cent of land gifted by her father when she got married. She lives in Shimoga with her husband and two children. They stay in the factory quarters where her husband is working. Her land is on a prime location near the banks of Lake Ashtamudi, worth millions of dollars. With the consent of all her family members, she decided to donate the entire property to four needy homeless families in Perumon. After handing over the land documents and dining with the beneficiaries, she had only one advice for them - that they should always stay together in peace as one family.
Prayer: Jesus, let us have the heart to share our wealth with the needy. Our material goods should not hold us from our journey to your kingdom. We pray for all those who are sharing their wealth with others. Let the giver and the receiver experience your love and blessings. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday, 15th February 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