Friday, 29 October 2010

Why Write??



Sometimes it’s just so discouraging to know that there is only one or two who read your blog. So at times I have thought to quit writing. Recently I was encouraged through the character of Dr.Luke. He is one of the writers of the bible. He has written a couple of books in bible. Luke and Acts. And what stuck me was he wrote both these books not thinking that it must get in to the Bible or the Best Seller List. He just wrote to one person, Theophilus. And to write to one person, he didn’t just give a rough scribbling. He took pains to write and also did research before he wrote. Look at what he says “since I(Luke) myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus”. He put all of his mind, soul and heart to write to just one person. And Luke, of all the gospel writers gives more details about each incident. The timings, the dates are so specific in his writings. He could have said, why do I have to take such pains when only one is going to read my book. But he didn’t say it. Thank God he didn’t say it and we have got two beautiful books. But any work that is sincerely done, God honors. God used his two books to be a part of His great BOOK. Today it’s read by millions through all centuries. So my word to any blogger or writer: Let us keep writing putting our heart and soul. God will use them in ways we don’t understand and imagine. It may be a letter or a small write-up or an article for the church magazine. So Write and Let God Use Them.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Commendable Faith

As I was reading a incident that is recorded in Mathew 15th chapter, 4 things that just stood out for me.
1. V21 says “And (Jesus) going away from there”. Where was Jesus going away from? This really made me curious to find what turned Jesus away from a particular place. So I read the previous verses. By doing so, I found out that Jesus was going away from the hypocritical Pharisees. They thought they knew everything and they were not teachable and were puffed up with pride. Jesus doesn’t linger with those folks longer.
2. The 2nd thing that I noticed was Jesus’s unJesus response to a wailing parent. That woman was really crying out and begging Jesus to heal her daughter. But Jesus, the one who answers before we call and the one who hears us while we are yet speaking, did not answer her V23. This act was so non Jesus. Sometimes in life we wail and cry and beg only to hear the loudest silence from God as His reply. And parents would definitely understand how that woman would have felt. No mother can see her child suffering. This mom was no exception. She came to the right person, Jesus. But Jesus did not answer her. Parent, are you in such a phase? You have prayed to God about your son/daughter. You have fasted. You have begged to God to heal your child. And the only response you got from God was Silence. Is that you? Then, hold on as we move further.
3. The third thing is the response of the disciples. They said “Send her away”. I thought a recommendation to Jesus would have been apt. But they just wanted to “send her away”. At least they could have said “Heal her daughter Lord”. The reason: She is bothering us. Many disciples of Jesus today do the same. When somebody is in need, we just want them to go away. Don’t bother us is our reply or at least our unuttered thought.
4. Finally, I wanted to title this passage as “Persistence Prayer”. But then Jesus doesn’t commend her for her persistence prayer but her faith. Her persistent prayer was the result of her Faith in Jesus that He was able and will heal her daughter. Jesus told her, “Great is Your faith”. Her Great faith made her to endure phases like “Silence of Jesus, Send her away’s of disciples and humbling talk from Jesus”. Do you have Great Faith in our Great Gracious God?? Hold on. Never Give Up. Jesus Sees You Faith. He will respond.

Monday, 25 October 2010

All Knowing God!!

God is omniscient. He is all knowing. Nothing can be hidden from his eyes. He knows our thought and he knows the word before it comes to our tongue. Now, having such a God, I sometimes wonder do I have to tell him all that’s happening in my life. Doesn’t he already know it? Do I have to confess my sins? Has he not already seen what I did? So what it is the point in confessing to God. Does it increase His knowledge about us? No. But it does increase our knowledge about ourselves. When we confess we really see our real self as God sees. Only by God’s help we can confess. As we confess we start to see our sins and weakness and claim that we are helpless and also that we need God’s help. So Confession I must confess is mainly for us to realize us than to letting an all knowing God to know about ourselves.
Any Confession about your Confessions lately?

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

(In)Dependence!!

Recently my sons started sitting all by themselves. So we as parents became so proud of them. We called their grandparents (Our Parents) to tell them that the little boys don’t depend on us for sitting anymore. We were filled with joy and with pride. There will be more and more such moments in our lives when our sons will start doing things on their own. They will start to stand, walk, run, learn, eat, and do so many other things on their own, becoming less dependent on us. We call is growth. As children grow, parents expect them to more independent. Most of the parents are proud like us.
But spiritually the process is reversed. Spiritual growth is measured on how much we depend on the Heavenly Father. As soon as we are born again, we learn to depend on God and as days goes by we learn more and more to depend on God. A person who had walked with the Lord for 40 years depends on God more than a person who has walked with the Lord for 4 years. We call this spiritual growth.
Jesus was the most spiritually mature person the world has ever seen. He was completely dependent on His Father and his each and every move and his words were from God. The more we depend the more we grow. The more we grow the more we depend.
Is it easy to depend on God in this society where dependence is seen as weakness most of the time?