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…
Gospel torch reaches Europe!
That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was
standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”
So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling
us to preach the Good News there.-
It is one thing to set out with good motives in God’s service and yet is quite another to be dependent
on Him completely for guidance to go to the right place. God’s work done in God’s way will never be
bereft of success, though success may not beckon us immediately.
Paul and Silas expressly prohibited by the good Lord from going to Ausia and Bithynia simply waited on Him,
to guide them as to where they should”pitch their tent” next. Vision soon came to Paul urging him to set
sail to Macedonia (district comprising the cities of Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea) in Northern Greece.
The result of it all! GOSPEL TORCH FOR THE FIRST TIME TOUCHED THE SHORES OF EUROPE. This was a
landmark event in Church history. Were Paul and Silas even conscious of the fact, they were creating History?
I think, they were more keen on following the Divine instructions to the hilt!
Today, Europe may be a complete Christian continent but it all began with Paul receiving a vision to
evangelize therein. How true! Mission preceded by vision would always bring to fruition our Gospel commission!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we wait on Thee for a vision before we set out on Thy mission. Guide us, we pray,
in a way we always bring Thee glory, though success in our efforts may not be visible to us immediately. AMEN.