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…
For the “First time”…
“…And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”–Acts 11:26
Any astounding feat accomplished on the back of many “ohs and aahs”
for the First time eventually evokes a WOW! Isn’t it? For the next few days, let’s meditate on the
“MANY Firsts”, the Book of Act’s records. One verse that gives me maximum joy (I am sure, it gives you too),
is the one captioned above. Mind you, unlike stupendous, adrenalin-pumping feats which generate a Chest-thumping reaction
(like stepping on Mount Everest for the first time or planting feet on the Moon soil) , the Book of Acts,
quietly but pertinently states that disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, with no accompanying
“laser show imagery”, if you will pardon the expression.
Of all the lofty Scriptural definitions of the word Christian, the one that profoundly impacts my heart is
“you are a temple of God”
(1 Corinthians 3:16)!
Now it’s relatively easier to build a temple than BE ONE!
Ask Solomon…say Christian “Are you living a life worthy of your calling”?
Father, clothed by Your garments of Grace and empowered from within, we are able to live a life,
which is pleasing unto Thee. May we always live a life worthy of our calling. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.