Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (1 Timothy 6:8)
Is it painful to part with your favourite things?
Our happiness is rooted in the spirit of God and the hope of eternity with a resurrected body beyond this materialistic world. So no one should get attached to the ecstatic bliss, satisfaction, contentment and joy from worldly accumulations. Actually, real happiness comes from having a reasonable amount of wealth required to live a decent life because contentment is the key to happiness. Sharing our fortunes with others ensures us of our place in the eternal kingdom of God - the garden of joy. Today's world is intoxicated with greed and enjoyment. The fear of being deprived and being unhappy make people cling on to their worldly possessions without sharing it with others. So, we are left with a very competitive society whose main priority is to increase wealth. It’s a vicious and dangerous trap set by Satan and it will be prudent not to fall into it. If we have become a prey to it, then we need to quickly come out of it.
At the beginning of Lent, my daughter was asking everyone in the family to part with one item that they loved most till Easter. She was ready to give up ice cream and we also named one thing that we would give up too. Then, she added that dad and mom need to be away from each other. When asked why, she said, “Both of you are in love and your most loved items are each other."
Socrates led a very frugal life; yet he would go to the shops to look at all the wares on display. When one of his friend asked why, Socrates said, "I love to go there and discover how many things I am perfectly happy without.”
Spirituality is not knowing what you want but understanding what you do not need.
Prayer: Jesus, let us learn to be content with what we have and not aspire for too much wealth. Let us have the mind to part and share our fortunes with the most needy. Let us focus more on accumulating spiritual goodness than materialistic wealth for our eternity and happiness. We pray for all those who are in pursuit of immortality and the kingdom of God. Let Lent be the season to live as you want us to, a life based on your principles of love and sacrifice for spiritual growth. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, 1st March 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