Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
"Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” (Romans 12:1)
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) decided that her vocation was to became a hospital nurse, but her parents forbade it.
Gods wants us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices - daily laying aside our own desires to follow Him. We have to put all our energy and resources at his disposal and trust Him to guide us. Christian commitment means worshipping Jesus and following all his commandments. When conflicts arise between the desires of God and your/parents' desire, heed the voice of God, not man. We are from God and we are for God and our future is good when we are at his service. This is the way to lead a conflict-free life on earth.
When Florence Nightingale was 16, she felt that God was calling her to do something extraordinary, even revolutionary, with her life. She was torn between the pressure from her family asking her to marry and start a family or to serve as a nurse, then regarded as the servant of servants, and even "women of easy virtues." In spite of her parents' protests, she became the superintendent of a hospital for sick women in 1853 by sheer determination. Opportunity fell on her to work with wounded soldiers living in deplorable conditions. Her opinion: “No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this - 'devoted and obedient.’ This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.” Armed with this spirit, she set out to help soldiers who were left to rot and die in filthy beds, with an open sewer underneath the hospital, stinking out the entire place, making meaningful medical care virtually impossible. She was at this time given the nickname, “The lady with the Lamp,” due to her constant wandering around the hospital late at night to make sure that the men were cared for, fed, and kept clean, and the hospital was properly heated. That way, she had laid the foundation of nursing care. She died in 1910, leaving a world eternally changed for the better.
Prayer: Jesus, let us commit our lives at your service. We pray for all the medical professionals, especially the nurses around the world who are serving patients in very deplorable conditions. Let your loving, healing and soothing hands comfort them. Let us salute them in you. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Friday, 14th September 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