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
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.
- “The Christian journey”
- “ The Conquest of Canaan” and the
- “Lent season”.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
A comma and not a full stop - I
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach –
As we begin our new meditations (all for His glory) on theme of birth
and growth of the Church, with a special reference to the Book of Acts (so called
as it gives detailed working of the disciples of Christ, under the influence of
Heaven-sent Holy Spirit), it would serves us well to reflect on a few, momentous
aspects pertaining to the Book of Acts, in order we get our co-ordinates right…at
the very beginning.
The very first verse in this paramount Book is indicative of the fact,
that it is a sequel of the previous one, which is the Gospel of Luke,
as though to say that there was no “full-stop” at the end of the Luke’s
Gospel but only a “comma”.
The amazing thing about Luke’s God-ordained work of eternal significance
is that both his books’ apparently end with a comma. If the Gospel, paved
the way for Book of Acts marking the onset of a new dispensation of Grace,
then for the Book of Acts too, it can be said figuratively
that “THERE IS NO FORMAL CONCLUSION”. Even today, are we not witnessing
the works of servants of Christ, propelled by the Spirit? If I may add,
even the work of yours truly (a sinner saved by His grace), however significant
or insignificant (the good Lord alone is the best judge-
I Cor 4:3-4) would
figure under the Divine aegis of this Book.
If this fact doesn’t, inspire all servants’ of God them to put their
best foot forward in their Master’s work, then nothing would!
Father, we praise thee that the works of the Holy Spirit would continue till the
II Coming of your Son. What a privilege it is to be used by thee in the Divine
scheme of things. Make us listen more and more to the promptings and instructions of
thy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.