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…
Cornelius –ripened as a corn!
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. – Acts 10:2
Beginning today, for the next few days let us dwell on the insightful
story of that Roman Centurion Cornelius and his family members, who were led
into the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For one thing, this family of Cornelius
before salvation came to their home, was like a ripened corn, waiting to be harvested into the Kingdom.
Biblical scholars note that Cornelius like many Romans at that time was a convert into the Jewish faith.
He was already as the captioned scripture bears out a “believer” in God, much like the Magi and Lydia of
Thyatira (Acts 16:14)
and what more, he was charitable in his deeds and disposition! But even then, in
God’s sovereign plan, Cornelius had to hear the Gospel! This story of Cornelius, if anything, underscores the fact
that “even good people” (besides the likes of ostracized sinners like the Samaritan lady beside the Jacob’s well),
need to come under the redemptive Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father, more we realize that everyone irrespective of their standing in the society, need a Savior, our
responsibility as the bearers’ of the Gospel torch increases. Make us sensitive to the fact that the next
unbeliever, we meet for all his good deeds and distinguished status needs tobe cleansed by the atoning blood of Christ.
In Jesus’ name. AMEN.