Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“You cannot serve both God and Mammon (Money).” (Luke 16:13)
Warren Buffet, the richest man in the world, hasn’t allowed money to control the way he lives his life.
Money is deceptive and a bad master.
Money never ever could provide prosperity, happiness and eternity.
But money gives status, goods, and power in the eyes of the world,
but that is despicable in front of god. Wealth in no way steps us into the portal of spirituality and God. Eternity is free to those who seek God. Churches, homes and the religious centers are in the business of selling God for money, and make people go in hot pursuit of wealth by sacrificing all the goodness of life and God, love, relationships and family to miss the kingdom of God. We have a choice to be balanced between Jesus and materialistic things. Judas, the traitor chose 30 pieces of silver over Jesus and died by “falling
head- long, bursting open his body and all his intestines spilled out”- (Acts 1:18). I wonder what will be the fate for the sellers and buyers of sacraments.
Warren Buffet is one of the most successful and richest man in the modern world. He speaks about his life:
He started young and bought his first share when he was 11 years
He bought a small 3-bedroom house 50 years ago. He is still living in
the same house.
He does not have a driver and drives his own car.
He does not travel by private jets even though he owns the world’s
biggest private jet company.
After work, instead of socialising with high-status people, he goes home and makes himself a bowl of popcorn and watches television.
He may be a billionaire but he does not allow money to control the way he lives his life. He advises, “Do not neglect your family; remember,
they were there before you made it. Money does not create man, but it is man who created money.”
Conscience question: Who is our
God - Jesus or money? Are we
the in the business of selling and buying God?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be filled with your spirit without any money dealings. Let us not be the traitor as Judas and be punished to die without hope. Let all our actions be pleasing to you. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
8th October 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