Abundant Life


“….I am come that they might have life and have it abundantly” ~ John 10:10

There’s so much joy and celebration over the birth of a child. Unlike other birthdays, the birth of Jesus was unique and witnessed heavenly celebration. For Jesus came into this world to bring us joy, hope and eternal encouragement through the abundant life found in Him alone. Hence Christmas is the celebration of the birth of eternal hope and encouragement. It’s a celebration of the joy that overflows from the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10.

Abundant life…..what is this abundant life? It doesn’t mean living long or having an abundance of things. It means living life with a purpose…..a God set, God designed purpose. And it is from this purpose that I draw my identity; it tells me who I am, to whom I belong. It gives me the true sense of fulfillment and satisfaction; it gives me the reason to hope and not give up and most of all it reminds me that I’m not forgotten by God but that God counts on me. And when I live out God’s purpose, the eternal hope, encouragement and joy are mine.

Mary and Joseph were just common folk. Their lives did not see an upward mobility in status nor did they get an abundance of material blessings or good luck because of Jesus. But they experienced hope and joy at the birth of Jesus; the hope of eternal life and joy of salvation. They lived out God’s purpose.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I believe that eternal joy, encouragement and hope are found in You alone. Thank you Lord. Help me live out Your purposes. Amen,”

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Abundant Life


Abundant Life

“….I am come that they might have life and have it abundantly” ~ John 10:10

There’s so much joy and celebration over the birth of a child. Unlike other birthdays, the birth of Jesus was unique and witnessed heavenly celebration. For Jesus came into this world to bring us joy, hope and eternal encouragement through the abundant life found in Him alone. Hence Christmas is the celebration of the birth of eternal hope and encouragement. It’s a celebration of the joy that overflows from the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10.

Abundant life…..what is this abundant life? It doesn’t mean living long or having an abundance of things. It means living life with a purpose…..a God set, God designed purpose. And it is from this purpose that I draw my identity; it tells me who I am, to whom I belong. It gives me the true sense of fulfillment and satisfaction; it gives me the reason to hope and not give up and most of all it reminds me that I’m not forgotten by God but that God counts on me. And when I live out God’s purpose, the eternal hope, encouragement and joy are mine.

Mary and Joseph were just common folk. Their lives did not see an upward mobility in status nor did they get an abundance of material blessings or good luck because of Jesus. But they experienced hope and joy at the birth of Jesus; the hope of eternal life and joy of salvation. They lived out God’s purpose.

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, I believe that eternal joy, encouragement and hope are found in You alone. Thank you Lord. Help me live out Your purposes. Amen,”

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From Evil to Good


“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten” ~ Joel 2:25

When Jacob visited Pharaoh’s courtyard, Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?. Jacob rather than telling only his age, said  “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Indeed he had a painful life journey – running away from his brother Esau for fear of death, being cheated by Laban, enduring hard labour as he looked after Laban’s flocks, painful family issues, Rachael dying before him and Joseph reported to have been killed by a ferocious animal.

But God turned things over for good. Not only was Joseph kept alive and blessed, Jacob himself experienced some good things before he died. Having seen his plight, God gave him seventeen more years in Egypt to dwell in fertile Goshen. He could finally meet Joseph and even have all his children and grandchildren surround him before his last breath. He could bless them and see the promise of God coming true.

As scripture says “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten”, so it is true in our lives also. Though we cannot expect the exactness of the promise of God to unfold, God does it in his own way.  But it is an encouragement for us that he will restore what has been eaten by the locust in our lives. He will heal the afflictions and bring in joy and fulfillment. God will also plant in us the purpose of our lives and enable us realise it. But in between there might be those long dreary years, wasted moments when nothing of significance happens.  Moses who was trained in Pharaoh’s courtyard and became a fine orator ans scholar, virtually did nothing for 40 years apart from looking after the sheep in the desert, away from all the pomp and show and privilege. Cut away from city life, he lived a secluded life, so much so that he lost his eloquence and skills. But God who sees the heart commissioned him and gave him forty more years of fruitful ministry.

When we are called to tread a  similar path, may this be true in our lives also. As we wait upon the Lord may God make our journey fruitful.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I worship you for you are indeed a great and mighty God, who can repay the years that the locust has eaten. Thank you for your grace and love for me. I give my life to you. Amen.”

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A Proven Comfort


‘These are the only Jews among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.’ ~ Colossians 4:11

Concluding his letter to the Colossians, Paul mentions the names of those who have been aiding him in his ministry. Tychicus – ‘a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.’ Onesimus – ‘our faithful and dear brother.’ Aristarchus (fellow prisoner), Mark and Justus along with Epaphras and doctor Luke. Each contributed to the kingdom of God by helping Paul. Speaking of  Aristarchus, Mark and Justus, he says, ‘they have proved a comfort to me.’  

The body of Christ is not only built up by the teaching and discipleship endeavors rendered by ‘servants of God.’ When the laity offers assistance and help to the clergy, in various ways as led by the Holy Spirit, edification takes place. Its quite easy to just turn up church or Bible Study and expect the ‘servant of God’ to render a grand performance, with no inkling of knowing what he or she has been through. Expectations soar high especially when it comes to delivering a sermon or a ‘full time worker’ discharging the duties of his ministry. Seldom is heard an encouraging word or of someone taking time off to pray and intercede for those in spiritual authority. We forget that they too like us, have to battle with the same temptations, sense of insecurity, the need to persevere even when feeling ‘spiritually low’, family problems, health issues, hostility and resistance to change from within the church, demands of time and much more.

Being a shepherd of God’s flock is no easy job! They too need a warm hug, a word of appreciation, a token of thanks, a special outdoor treat, a listening ear to their problems, a trustworthy friend, a gentle pat when things are getting rough and off course prayer!  We can be more than just a church or Bible Study member – always in the receiving mode. We can be in the giving mode as well.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me this valuable truth. Help me be mindful of those you have placed over me in spiritual authority, that I can offer comfort and encouragement as they labour for your kingdom. Amen.”

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From Evil to Good



“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten” ~ Joel 2:25

When Jacob visited Pharaoh’s courtyard, Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?. Jacob rather than telling only his age, said  “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Indeed he had a painful life journey – running away from his brother Esau for fear of death, being cheated by Laban, enduring hard labour as he looked after Laban’s flocks, painful family issues, Rachael dying before him and Joseph reported to have been killed by a ferocious animal.

But God turned things over for good. Not only was Joseph kept alive and blessed, Jacob himself experienced some good things before he died. Having seen his plight, God gave him seventeen more years in Egypt to dwell in fertile Goshen. He could finally meet Joseph and even have all his children and grandchildren surround him before his last breath. He could bless them and see the promise of God coming true.

As scripture says “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten”, so it is true in our lives also. Though we cannot expect the exactness of the promise of God to unfold, God does it in his own way.  But it is an encouragement for us that he will restore what has been eaten by the locust in our lives. He will heal the afflictions and bring in joy and fulfillment. God will also plant in us the purpose of our lives and enable us realise it. But in between there might be those long dreary years, wasted moments when nothing of significance happens.  Moses who was trained in Pharaoh’s courtyard and became a fine orator ans scholar, virtually did nothing for 40 years apart from looking after the sheep in the desert, away from all the pomp and show and privilege. Cut away from city life, he lived a secluded life, so much so that he lost his eloquence and skills. But God who sees the heart commissioned him and gave him forty more years of fruitful ministry.

When we are called to tread a  similar path, may this be true in our lives also. As we wait upon the Lord may God make our journey fruitful.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I worship you for you are indeed a great and mighty God, who can repay the years that the locust has eaten. Thank you for your grace and love for me. I give my life to you. Amen.”

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