Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “For the Lord your God is supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.” (Joshua 2:11)
Rehab, the prostitute & Sailendranath, football player.
There are good people living a saintly existence in all walks of life. One's past life is not a taboo and hindrance to do so. So to be prejudiced about someone is not in concurrence with the Bible and the word of God. Judgement is for God, not human beings on this earth. So leave that to God and lead a good life not by judging others, but by love. The scouts sent by Joshua stayed in the house of Rehab, the prostitute, the most despised profession and anti-thesis to God’s creation. God knew her heart was open to Him and that she would be instrumental in the Israelite victory over Jericho. God often uses people with simple faith to accomplish his great purposes, no matter what kind of past they have had or how insignificant they seem to be. Rehab didn’t allow her past to keep her from the new role God had for her.
The game of foot ball regularly produces players, celebrities, racists, billionaires, fashion models and spoilt brats. But there is an exception - Sailendra Nath Manna, the Indian football player and captain of the London Olympics game, when the newly independent India almost beat France in the finals in 1948. Due to poverty, the Indians played the game bare foot. When Princess Margret in London asked him whether he was not afraid to play that way, as he balanced a sandwich and a cup of tea at Buckingham palace, he said they just preferred to play it that way as it was easier to keep the ball under control. There was no mention about poverty. In his 20 year career, he was never booked, never swore, and fouled no one. As captain, he never raised his voice to other players. He disciplined by example and would even refuse to take food before others had eaten theirs. He had no enemies. He died on Feb 27th, 2012 and was 87 years old.
Prayer: Jesus, you are the only God who loved and died for our sins. Let your blood wash all our sins and let your spirit of saintliness stay with us in all walks of life - in the church, workplace, homes and everywhere else. We pray for all those who lead your way of life even if they do not believe in you for their conviction of the real creator and God. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, 28th 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