Thursday, 28 April 2016

Better Choose Better Things

We all need to choose better things in life. Things that really matter in life.
The wise King Solomon's words can be helpful for us to choose things in life.

In Ecclesiastes 7, "Better" is a key word in this chapter.

Here is what he says:

A good name is better than fine perfume

The day of death better than the day of birth 

House of mourning is better than house of feasting

Frustration is better than laughter

Rebuke of a wise person is better than praise from fools

The end of a matter is better than its beginning

Patience is better than pride 

We better ponder on the better things.  

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Story of Two Prodigals

In the famous story that Jesus ever told, the prodigal sons (Sons because both needed to come back into the house and to understand the love of the father), i am sometimes the wayward son who landed in the pig pen and at other times i am the religious elder brother working harder to earn the father's love.

I keep shuffling between these sons. May be you too are. One day you may want to leave the father and wander and lose everything and be with the pigs. Some other days, you are the tired, angry elder brother trying to earn your love from the father. But the father loved both the prodigals and invited them to come back home.

Come home sons.

This father lets us go and make our own choice. This father is waiting, running, pleading, and celebrating your return. That's the image of God Jesus gives.

Come home sons.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Witness Vs Orators

The problem with today's preachers is that there are so many good orators. They are eloquent, they have a good flow of language and they take the audience captive for 45 minutes to few hours. But they seem to lack power.

One of the reasons Moses gave, when he was called by God, was "I am not Eloquent". Because he thought that to serve God and to speak for God and to convince people of the power and freedom of God he needed to be eloquent.

But God needs people who will simply hear from God and speak the simple yet powerful Truth (Jesus is the Truth).

One of my friend told me that in a court room, all that is needed from a witness is that he will speak the simple truth he has heard and seen. To be a witness my friends, you don't have be eloquent but just hear and see and experience God and say just what he says.

I pray that we would have more powerful witnesses in our pulpit than powerless eloquent orators.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Onething = Everything

One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me. - Mark 10:21

This story is about a Rich Young Ruler. He was religious, successful, young and strong. 

But still he comes to Jesus and asks him, "What do I still lack?" - Matt 19:20 
He asks a good question to Jesus. Ask good questions to Jesus.

Jesus answer him and says he lacks one thing. And that one thing is to leave everything and following Jesus. 

Jesus is demanding. He looks at you and me and says you lack one thing. Focus only on me and leave out everything else. 

Jesus just asks for one thing. That's everything. Follow Jesus. Because he is everything.


Monday, 18 April 2016

There’s a Young Boy Here!

There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish.- John 6:9

When Jesus wanted to feed the thousands, the answer came in the form a young boy. 

A young boy who was willing to give away his lunch for Jesus. 

A young boy who was willing to give it all to Jesus. 

A young boy who did not do it for applause from people. ( We never know is name or do not see people thanking him after the lunch.) 

A young boy who was poor (we know he was poor by his simple lunch) but who was really rich in love for Jesus and people. 

Even today, Jesus wants to meet the needs of the hungry crowd and he is seeking for "Some Young Boys". 

Can it be said to Jesus about you, "There's a Young Boy Here..."?

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Missing: 5 Understandable Words

...I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language... 1 Corinthians 14:19

I personally feel, the pulpit these days do not even have 5 understandable words to help others. Paul's longing was to speak a few words that would help people in their spiritual journey. 

It is sad to not even hear five understandable words to help others.

I pray for all who are preaching tomorrow (Sunday) that they would preach few words yet power words from the word of God and help people. 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Learning to Pray

As I listen to my boys speak, i realize that they use the words I use often. Most of the conversion they  have is using the words that I have spoken to them. They have learnt to speak to their father using the words they have heard their father speak.

This is very true as we pray. The more we know the words of God, our Heavenly Father, the more we could communicate to God. As we hear his words from the bible we began to use them and meaningfully start to communicate to God.

If you want to learn to pray (speak to God), then hear his words as he speaks to us and then use those words to talk back to him.