Monday, November 20, 2017

Your Choice Matters





During my student days I heard this imaginative story and it made sense to me:

There was a small lad who had only one rupee coin in his hand and went to a sweet shop with his mom. Looking at the sweets displayed in the shop, his eyes went to and forth. The lad could not resist his temptation and started saying to his mom I want this. I want that. The mom gently replied son all that you have is just one rupee in your hand. You cannot buy so many things with it. Make a choice what sweet you need to buy with your one rupee coin.  

We have only one life to live in this world. But we wanted to do so many things with that.
It’s nothing wrong to be ambitious. But we need to make certain critical choices in our lives to keep us going forward.

It’s not how long we live, but how we live that matters.  

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We all have to make choices in life, and often those choices result in significant consequences

Who we are today is because of the choice we made in our life.
We will have regrets in life if we failed to make right choices.
So how can I make the right choices?  Who can help me? 
"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him."
- Jim Elliot

Few quotes on choices:

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you” - John C. Maxwell

“Life is about choices: Some we regret, some we are proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The Message: We are what we chose to be”   - Graham Brown

"The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day." - Chuck Swindoll

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Spiritual Dimension

As Iam speaking on the critical choice that we need to make in our life concerning our faith.
We need to understand that God has placed in us the spiritual dimension of knowing Him and also to believe in Him.
 It is Blaise Pascal, a famous French mathematician and philosopher, put it rightly like this:
"There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ."

 If we try to stuff anything but God into that God-shaped hole in our lives, we'll end up dissatisfied, restless, discontent. But fill that God-shaped vacuum with God. What do we find? In a word: contentment or fulfillment in life.

The problem with most of us is that we have substituted God with Materialism, work, wealth and pleasures of this present life. That God has no place in our lives. I believe that’s why we feel we are lonely in this world. That’s why we feel no one cares for us. No one loves me or accepts me.

I was browsing through one of the blog in the internet (https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/21st-century-lifelessness

21st CENTURY LIFELESSNESS!
Our communication Wireless; Our business Cashless; Our telephone Cordless; Our cooking Fireless; Our youth Jobless; Our religion Creedless; Our food Fatless; Our faith Godless; Our labour Effortless; Our conduct Worthless; Our relationLoveless; Our attitude Careless; Our feeling Heartless;- Our politics Shameless; Our education Valueless; Our follies Countless; Our arguments Baseless; Our commitment Aimless; Our poor Voiceless; Our life Meaningless. Finally,Our Existence -USELESS????

When you allow God to take over your life, you will understand the meaning and purpose of your very existence. Otherwise we don’t have any purpose in our lives.
James Dobson – A Psychologist and a writer – said like this
When God doesn’t make sense, nothing else makes sense in our lives.
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Another important thing to consider in the spiritual dimension is: God’s Disclosure of himself.
God has revealed himself to the world unless otherwise we cannot know him.
Purpose of God’s Revelation: It is for our good to believe and obey Him.  
The special revelation is none other than the scriptures that we are talking (The Holy Bible) and the person of Christ himself.
The choice is with you. But remember the choice that you make now on these matters have eternal consequences.
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Whom to follow the rest of our life?
My story:
In 2001 as I was pursuing my B.com studies I was in my late teen I made a critical choice in my life. To follow God in my life. As I read the Bible I understood that only one person could save me. I decided to commit my life to him to know him as my Personal God. He changed my attitude my perspective towards life.   
Today when I look back I don’t have any regrets in making that choice in my life.

Soren Kirgegarrd the Danish thinker said like this:  “Life can be understood backwards, which has been lived forwards. So therefore live life forwards”

Today who we are depends on the choice that you and I make in life.
Make a choice to know God in your life. Search for the real one and it is worth to follow Him the rest of your life.

Examples of people who made wrong choices??

Way back in 1998-99 I did my schooling in Nilgiris. I had a friend in my class xii. We are friends and we used to play cricket together. We used to sit together in the same bench in the class. But one day I heard the news that he ended his life, because of some strain in relationships. I really don’t know exactly the details. But I feel bad that he made a wrong choice in his life.

Is there anyone who is going through a similar struggle in finding meaning and purpose in life?
The scripture says like this. Listen to this:
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land.”  - Deut 30:19,20
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Listen to this conversation:

A sadhu (Guru) and a boy was having a conversation on the riverside. The boy wanted to fool the wise sadhu by doing something. So what he did was. One day he took a small sparrow in his hand and asked the sadhu. Is the sparrow in my hand dead or alive? The boy thought if the sadhu says that the bird is dead he will leave the bird to fly in the sky. If he says the bird is alive, he thought to strangle that bird and kill by his hands to fool him. But to the surprise of the boy the sadhu said the life or death of the bird depends on you. It’s in your hands.  

God is the solution to your problems. Give him the control of your life. He can direct your lives well.

Your choice Matters. Think about it!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Leaving a Godly Legacy


CT Studd’s famous quote goes like this “Only one life and that too will soon pass away, only what is done for Christ will last forever”.  Life is too short on this earth. We never know when we kick our bucket. What we have is our life today.
It’s my privilege and joy to share this message to the youths gathered at Periyamalai, a 55 km away from Hosur, the first mission station for FMPB (Friends Missionary Prayer Band) in the year 1967.Along with few friends from Hosur and Bangalore we went to this place on May 10th 2013 and it was a real blessing in my life.
What would we like to be written on our grave tomb after we leave this world? It’s a serious question and it needs a serious introspection of our lives. It is purely based on how we live our lives now.
Let’s draw our focus to the book of Acts chapter 20:17-38 the farewell speech of Apostle Paul to the Ephesian elders at Miletus.
As we read these verses in our own versions, we can derive 6 important lessons from the life of Apostle Paul that will help us to leave a Godly legacy.
Lesson 1: Live a life of transparency vs.18
There is no shadow of doubt or hypocrisy in the life of Paul. His life was so real, transparent and it was an open book to all who lived in Paul’s time. What can be said of our lives today?
Lesson 2: Serve God with Humility vs.19
We cannot serve God with pride and arrogance. It all needs a humble attitude and a servant heart to serve God. Paul in Eph 3:8 says ‘Iam less than the least of all God’s people’. And in 1 Cor 15:10 he says He is the least of the apostles. Someone said the problem in missions is that nobody wants to be second. Today our Model for humility is none other than Jesus Christ. He humbled himself on the cross to the point of shedding his Blood for us. He is truly the humble servant king (Phil 2:1-11). It is worth imitating His humility.
Lesson 3: Be willing to proclaim the Gospel of God vs.24
Paul’s passion and ambition is to preach the Gospel (Rom 15:19, 20). He is not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation (Ro 1:16). AT Pierson says “It is the responsibility of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world”. Today we gossip many things with our friends. Why not we gossip the gospel? There are places and people groups in our country who have not heard the name of Jesus even once. Let’s have the passion and ambition like Apostle Paul to preach the Gospel.
Lesson 4: Equip the people of God with right doctrines vs.20, 24-27, 31
In all of these verses we can capture the words like Preach – Taught – Testify- Declare – Proclaim- Warning. 1 Tim 4:13 Paul exhorts Timothy to devote himself to preaching and teaching of God’s word.
 Today as we listen to so many fanciful and wrong interpretations of God’s word, the challenge is to preach  & teach Gods word correctly (2Tim 2:15).God is counting on us. And we are responsible for our generation.
Lesson 5: Have a simple lifestyle vs. 33
We read Paul did not covet no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Leaving a legacy requires living a simple life. Many a times we easily complicate life by living in discontentment. There is true joy and peace when we live in contentment. Today the watch word in the advertising world is ‘sophistication is simplicity’. But the truth is other way round. The teachings of Jesus too call’s us to live a simple life. Let’s heed to the warning given in Luke 12:15 “for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possess”.
Lesson 6: Learn to give and support God’s work vs.35
Giving requires commitment and sacrifice from our end. The early church modeled it. Why not we?  2 Cor 8:1-4 we read the Macedonian church set an example in giving in difficult times.
John Wesley the great Methodist preacher said “Earn as much as you can, save as much as you can, give as much as you can”. Christ himself said “for it is more blessed to give than to receive”.
Give as the Lord directs you, Give generously and Give cheerfully for the Glory of God! 

Are we willing to give up our life of complacency and be serious in our commitment to God? If then we too can leave a godly legacy like Paul.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Whom do you follow?

‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps’ 1Peter2:21(NIV)

Today we see lot of fan clubs among young people. Hero worship is been offered to many celebrity’s and spiritual gurus these days. We live in a world that exalts someone who comes in the screen often. As you read these lines ask yourself whom do I follow? And if someone comes to your mind, think why do I follow that person?

Jesus Christ sets a perfect example to all of us. Following him is a personal decision; it becomes our daily choice too. Read about him in the Gospels and you will know more of him, his miracles, his mission and his divinity. Following Jesus as some religious leader or teacher is one thing, and following him as Lord of our life is different. Is he the Lord of your life? If not surrender your life to him and follow him as your Lord and master.

Indeed there is also a cost in following Jesus.(Luke 9:57-62; Luke 14:25-33) Jesus does not promise everything will be prosperous as you follow him. You will go through suffering, trials and persecution. Following Jesus closely is not an easy cake walk. You have to persevere amidst trials and ridicule. It’s Martin Luther who rightly said ‘If Christ himself suffered with crown of thorns, why should a Christian expect a bed of roses’. Christ doesn’t offer such a comfy life to us. Are you still willing to FOLLOW HIM?

The cost of following Jesus is denying oneself (self surrender) taking up his cross daily and following him. ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’ Luke 9:23(NIV)

It can be succinctly said in three little words – Give up, Take up and keep up!
Give up your old self and put on the new self (new nature) as you follow Christ.
Take up the cross means, willing to suffer for Christ and to take up the mission that God gives.
Keep up your faithful devotions (Prayer life and Bible meditation) all your life as you follow him.
Discipleship is truly demanding. It demands our whole life. Are you still willing to FOLLOW HIM?


God Bless!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Reformation required even in these days…

In Jeremiah 7:1-15 we read the context of 'False Religion worthless’.we may ask ourselves what do I believe these days? Or in other words who is my God?
Beware of False teachings and false teachers around you.So much of Deception around us these days.Jeremiah challenges the heathen thinking in Jer10:10 in giving a contrast picture with idols made by human hands and the Living God.He thus boldly declares that our God is true, living and he is the one who makes the earth tremble.Wow!What an awesome and Omnipotent God the Bible describes. He lives and reigns forever above all other Gods. There is no rival for Him.Alleluia!

In Jeremiah 7: 3, 5 it talks about the reformation that God expects.Reformation in three areas mainly (Thought-Word-Deed)

Reformed Thoughts
What’s on your mind? A precise practical book by Merlin Carothers challenged me during my student days. It is difficult sometimes to have a clean mind. But Gods Grace with our efforts it is possible to have a victory in overcoming sinful thoughts.Romans 8:13

Reformed Words
Think for a while do your words build people or break. In other words is it constructive or destructive. God wants our each word to be meaningful and powerful.cos we are accountable to him for each careless word we utter.
Mt 12:36 This verse makes all of us to shudder.

Reformed Deeds
Jesus being our role model and Bible being our basics we can follow Jesus lifestyle. He didn’t speak much rather He demonstrated his faith in his father while his life on earth. In Acts 1:1 Luke records it like this ‘he (Jesus) began to do and then to teach’. Here we see ‘practice precedes preaching’.
God wants the same quality of action in our lives too.

Let God help us to tame our tongue, mind and our spirit to act justly,to love mercy and to walk humbly with him. Micah 6:8

God Bless.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hollow blocs

Col 2:6,7 ‘So then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness’.(NIV)

Are we like hollow blocs looking strong outside and hollow inside? If we observe today’s most of building constructions hollow blocs are been used. We also notice that the work is done overnight very quickly. But it makes us to think how strong will it be? But to my findings hollow blocs are good for building small and medium sized houses.

This analogy goes well with our spiritual health check. How is our inner lives built in this post modern days. Are we spending enough time at the feet of the Lord praying and reading the word or our devotions very quick and fast every time? Facetiously someone said that believers today are called watch watching believers, very much conscious of the time we give to God. Let’s remember there is no short cut for spiritual growth.
We grow only in spiritual disciplines. It takes time not like an overnight construction. Someone said like this ‘Conversion of a soul may be a miracle in a moment but making of a saint is a life time task’. God is patiently working on us but are we patiently waiting on him?

We all have an enormous responsibility today in building our lives in Christ. What steps are we taking with the available resources at hand? Are we growing strong in God everyday or still remaining as infants showing impoverished growth? Here goes the warning from the writer of Hebrews Chapter 5:12-14

Vs 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
Vs 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
Vs 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil’


The following acronym for GROWTH will surely help us to build our lives in him. (Read my blog entry on what is Growth for more detail)

G – Get to know God personally in your life. (Why not today as you read these lines)
R – Relate to God through prayer. (Prayer is a simple conversation with God)
O –Obey his Word by doing what it says.
W –Worship him truly in Spirit and in truth.
T –Tell others what God has done in your life.
H – Have fellowship/friendship with God’s people. (Find a church in your vicinity for fellowship)

On Christ the Solid rock we stand. All other ground is sinking sand. He is our Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:4)

God Bless!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Definition of Love – Where to look at?

Unsullied love
Only one act of pure love, unsullied by any taint of ulterior motive, has ever been performed in the history of the world, namely the self-giving of God in Christ on the cross for undeserving sinners. That is why, if we are looking for a definition of love, we should look not in a dictionary, but at Calvary.
(First Paragraph is excerpted from John Stott’s “The Cross of Christ” –P 212)

Unfailing love
In a distressed, disappointing, false promising world the one true love that will not fail us is God’s love for us. You can ask will he not fail me unlike other human love. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Come to him with your broken heart and he will make it whole again. Don’t just try him, but trust him.His love will never disappoint you rather it will always comfort you.

Demonstrative love
Oh what a love that its depth not be understood fully in words which he demonstrated for us on the cross. We were not present on Golgotha when this took place two thousand years ago. But we can see today in our eye of faith and believe that the blood that he shed covers the sins of the whole world. We may ask how I know that he died for me and how it can cleanse me. Come to the feet of the cross with a humble, simple, saving faith and believe on the finished work of Christ, and you will understand how much he loves you still.

Romans 5:8 - “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 Cor 15:3,4 - "For what i received i passed on to you as of first importance:that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures".

It’s my personal plea to everyone who is reading these lines to believe the unsullied, unfailing and his demonstrative love for you displayed on the Cross.


God Bless.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Be filled with the Spirit"

What is to be filled with the Spirit?

Ephesians 5: 18 – ‘Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the spirit.’(NIV)

Being spirit filled in another words is being spirit controlled. No matter what temperaments we have, are we allowing ourselves to be controlled by his spirit?
If not let’s contemplate the literal meaning of the phrase ‘be filled with the spirit.’ The tense of the Greek is present imperative.Paul could say ‘I have been crucified with Christ’ (Gal 2:20), and yet he died daily (1cor 15:31).
Surrender is done, and yet it is never done –It is a continual yielding. It is important to point out that surrender is not once and-for-all; surrender must be continuous. Likewise we need to be continually filled with the Spirit. Thus D.L Moody prayed like this “Lord am a leaky vessel which needs your filling every moment”.

We receive the Holy Spirit at the time when we hear the Gospel of truth and accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. We are at that moment baptized by the Holy Spirit. People who have experienced this can rejoice with this truth. Let’s remember that Holy Spirit is a person and not some force. Some wrongly think that the Holy Spirit is only like a electric force or power which can be used for our conveniences. There are varied understanding of this doctrine of Holy Spirit and the interpretation of the words anointing, filling, baptism of the spirit, speaking in tongues and so forth. I don’t want to distort what Bible teaches about all these. Let’s look at the scriptures below (All reference from NIV) and learn as the Holy Spirit himself teaches us and brings us the understanding.

Ephesians 1:13, 14 - ‘And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.’

Ephesians 4:30 – ‘And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’

Romans 8:9 – 'You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’

1John2:27 –‘As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit –just as it has taught you, remain in him’.


The person of Holy Spirit who indwells us can be very much grieved by our sinful choices that we make every day. Are we really careful in leading a life controlled by his Spirit? If not lets allow the spirit of God to take control of our mind, emotions and will. Personally explore yourselves in the understanding of this truth and I believe God will teach you more if you’re open minded.

God Bless!