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  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 topic of Christian journey and the “Conquest of Canaan” in the previous months, now in the month of March, considering that we are in the season of Lent, I intend to focus on the subject- “Lent season”.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




March 22nd

The role of “minnows”



Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, …it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. - John 19:38-42
 
  If in the Bible the spiritual giants like Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel represent the whales, then the less prominent souls like Caleb (Caleb was the only man other than Joshua in the original lot that left Egypt in search of the Promised Land to eventually enter the Land of Milk and Honey - Joshua 13:6-12), Jonanthan (Saul’s elder son who loved David with true agape love, though he knew David would sit on the very throne to which he had natural claim – I Sam 23:16-18), Simon of Cyrene (who carried Jesus’ cross for some distance on Good Friday - Matt 27:32) and Joseph of Arimathea are symbolic of the minnows, who ALSO SERVED the Lord in their own capacity faraway from any limelight.

After Jesus’ atoning death on the cross, who took the responsibility of burying his body? Not the limelight seeking Peter or any of the other disciples, no not even the brothers or relatives of our Lord but a rich (no, not all rich people have skewed priorities) Joseph of Arimathea, who till then had been the “secret” disciple of the Lord. What more, he laid Jesus’ body in the tomb, he had hewn for himself, again in fulfillment of yet another prophecy

“ He was put in a rich man’s grave.” Isaiah 53:9


To help him came yet another “minnow” namely Nicodemus, who despite his affiliation with the Pharisees (who opposed Jesus tooth and nail) bravely identified himself with the Lord (John 7:47-52).

Then what about all those laboured along with Apostle Paul (the greatest on planet earth, other than Christ!)? Paul makes a specific mention of several of his friends, who have contributed to his Ministry in Romans Chapter 16, because he knew without the good Lord using them to help him, he wouldn’t have been so effective in his Ministry.

Friend, if you are sincerely serving the Lord, far away from any public gaze, be encouraged for the Lord values your work. HE IS AS MUCH THE LOVER OF MINNOWS AS HE IS OF THE WHALES.

Prayer:

Father in heaven, wherever we are placed, whatever be our popularity, enable us to serve you sincerely without ever craving for limelight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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