In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
Having dwelt on the topics
- “The Christian journey”
- “ The Conquest of Canaan” and the
- “Lent season”.
in the previous months, now in the months of April and May, considering that
post resurrection of Christ (one of our concluding themes’ you would remember
in the meditations of March, was Resurrection), birth of the Church was a
landmark event in Biblical history, I want to cast the spotlight on the Book of
Acts (which records the birth and growth of the Church). This would ensure to a large
extent continuity of thought albeit under the ambit of new subject.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
A Chain reaction
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting,
committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. -
- Acts 14:23
The three missionary journeys’ of Apostle Paul constitute the bulk
of his productive Christian ministry. Oh how fruitful, they were, what
with countless souls won over to the Kingdom and establishment of many Churches
in lands never reached before for the Gospel! A closer scrutiny of those three
missionary journeys would reveal that actually one led to the other. In a way,
it was a Divine chain reaction! Now this raises a serious question, what
if Apostle Paul had not responded to the call to go on his first missionary journey?
The answer is simple and striking…his other two missionary journeys’ would not have
materialized at all!
It follows that if we are obedient to one vision the good Lord shows us,
He would show the next vision otherwise He would not entrust us with greater
responsibilities at all. Oh how greatly we would be depriving ourselves of being empowered
by Divine hands, if we are lukewarm to his promptings of taking up the divinely entrusted tasks.
Say dear brother, is the good Lord prodding you to take-up an assignment for Him? Do not delay;
jump at it, for there would be more exciting “adventures” to follow!
Lord Jesus, enable us to be responsive to tasks, You in your wisdom place in our lives,
for we know that You would not make us do anything without equipping us adequately for the same. AMEN.