Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.” (Acts 2:46)
”Simplicity and outer order - clearing the non-useful items, messy desk and overflowing closet gives happiness at home.
Simplicity is the hall mark of Christianity. Consumerism keeps away people from Jesus and his principles. No material things and moneyed
items lead to spirituality in any form. To be spiritual and happy, we need to be simple and organized. Christians should not display their wealth with pomp and show of ornaments and clothes, or other extreme of nakedness with tattoos and weird appearances. Outer order contributes to inner calm. When the disciples were filled in spirit, they all sold their properties and emptied their lives to let the spirit fill in, to share it, to serve it, to cheer it . “All believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to any one as he had need” (Acts 2:44&45).
Gretchen Rubin is the author of 'Happier at home.' Inspired by William Morris’s rousing call to “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful,” she has resolved to be happy by “go shelf by shelf, then drawer by drawer, then closet by closet, to consider each of our possessions.” Did one of us use it or love it? Would we replace it if it were broken or lost? If so, was it in the right place? If not, why keep it? According to her, “Make your bed” is the most successful resolution out of all. Let us clear our messy desk and start to be simple and in order.
Make a resolution that we will not display our wealth and be ridiculed
in front of Jesus and the wise.
Prayer: Jesus, let us be simple and holy. Let us share anything more
than one item that is not in use and help me grow in spirituality. Let us look up to you whenever we are tempted to accumulate and be messy. We pray for all those who are simple and happy. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Saturday, 29th 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