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…
Jesus “in action” today!
He went around doing good - Acts 10:38
Whilst sharing the Gospel with Cornelius and those around him, Peter makes a profound
statement, which encapsulates Jesus’ Ministry. “He went around doing good” providing
both physical and spiritual succor. While Jesus may not be seen in flesh doing the same today,
He can be seen in action even NOW through the selfless deeds of His committed followers.
While all the Christians may not be gifted to provide physical healing to the sick
(I Cor 12:30),
they can doubtless provide emotional healing by showering love upon
the sick and the needy ones’. It follows that while all the gifts of the Holy Spirit
(I Cor 12:28)
may not be manifested in every Christian’s life, the FRUIT of the Spirit
beginning with love (I Cor 13,
ought to be seen in every believer’s life.
By the same token, every Christian ought to play a role in providing spiritual healing
by introducing those maimed in sin to the Divine doctor
I am reminded of the saying “people do not care how much you know, till they know how
much you care”. Is Jesus in action, even today? Yes, for a Christian is the person in whom
Jesus not only lives but most importantly He works through!
Father, we commit ourselves into Thy hands with all our limitations. Though selfishness is
deeply rooted in us, make us rise above it for Your glory and for the good of others’ around us.
In Jesus’ name. AMEN.