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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  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.

For starters in the first month of January. I would be dwelling on the theme of the "Christian Journey", with the material being arranged in a Book-like format under which the pages would be opened ( i,e..displayed on-line) on each succeeding day.

So here's wishing you a happy & an edifying read....

Suresh Manoharan




January 3rd

The reward or the Rewarder



But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you - Matt 6:33
 
  As we pore over the similarities between the emancipated Jews (under the leadership of Moses) & the born-again Christians, yet another similarity would arise. If the Jews had the Promised Land as their destination, then for the Christians it would seem that their destination is Heavenly Canaan.

  But as Christians our calling is not even to seek Heaven but to seek Him first & make pleasing Him our primary aim (II Cor 5:9), then the business of reaching Heaven would take care of itself. Our eyes ought to be fixed not on the reward but on the Rewarder Himself.
 
  In this context, an elderly Kolkatha Saint is said to have remarked ‘ I would like to burn up heaven & put out all the fires of hell so people will not love God for fear of punishment, or for hope of reward, but will love Him just for Himself’. Though we may not agree with the way the point was made, we can nevertheless understand the sentiment behind it.
 
  In conclusion, I would like to rephrase Matthew 6:33 & put it this way ‘Seek ye first God & all these things would be added unto you including…the Kingdom of God’.
 
  Prayer:

Father, as we are walking our Christian journey, let our all-consuming desire be to please Thee & nothing else for the rewards would take care of themselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen
 
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