Archive for May, 2010


Ephesians 1:3-6
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

I am imagining myself sitting in a prison and the last thing on my mind would be to write out letters of encouragement to others because I would be trying to find a way out. Paul did just the opposite and this book is a letter written to the church in Ephesus from the dark annals of a prison. He certainly was a different man whose only motivation was to serve the Lord with his all and we praise God for filling in Paul that desire and drive which we desperately need. He starts this letter with a HOT topic, the predestination of the children of God. The reason I call this topic hot is because it is a revolting thought to some that God would chose whom He wants to have in His family and whom He does not want and in so doing is not giving us the freedom to chose. That’s a hard one to crack!

Paul starts off by praising God the Father for choosing us in His Son Jesus Christ before the world began for the purpose of being holy and blameless in His sight. God did this for His own pleasure and not because of our goodness or to justify us. We are given the honor of being called His own sons through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and we owe our lives as gratitude for God’s unmerited favor (grace). We can never know whom God has chosen and why, for it is His own will but we do know that He has called us to direct the world to Him by glorifying His Son Jesus Christ with our lives. Rather than argue about the justice in God’s decisions, we should be expending our every ounce of energy praising Him and His Son Jesus Christ like Paul did. Shaking our fists in God’s face is as futile as throwing a stone at the adulteress because we are sinful in our own selves that we cannot see right in the first place. Submission and praise is what will keep us focussed on God.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world


Galatians 6:14-16
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.

Recognition is such a wonderful high and I like most other humans thrive on it. Measuring our efforts and success through the world’s lens give us meaning and appreciation for what we do and so we continue to strive. For some, it may be the pursuit of knowledge, for some their physical beauty, for some the ability to make money, for others the association with people of power, for some the power of their body, for others the strength of mind and so on. The apostle Paul however seems to be a man of a different mould. So different that we might consider him indifferent and incompatible in our social world. Would I ever want to be a Paul and live a life of oblivion or would I prefer my own life where I try and balance the two sides of me?

As I battle to understand what God wants for me, this morning’s passage seems to ring clear in the fog of my confused mind. The good news of Jesus is that He recognizes our sinfulness and our inability to cover that sinfulness by showing the world who we are not. We like to live a life of oblivion where we prefer hiding our problems in the dark alleys of our personality and use what is acceptable to the world as our fronts. In Christ however, we gain the freedom from our sins but to fully live a life of meaning to Him who set us free, we cannot be living to please the world because the world operates diametrically opposite to Christ and what He desires. If we are to gain Christ, we have to lose the world and it’s pinning. Are we living for the moment or for eternity in the presence of our creator God?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.


Galatians 5:16-17, 22-25
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Freedom in Christ if not clearly explained might mislead us and therefore Paul clarifies the spiritual freedom we receive as a people saved by the grace of God. As humans, we like to establish boundaries to know where we can operate and what is out of bounds. While this might be the case, as broken as we are, some of us like to work on the edge of these boundaries and when challenged argue our way out of it. For example when we have a speed limit on the road, the purpose is to ensure safety of all who use the public road and the keyword stated with the speed limit is ‘Maximum’. However, we like to use it as a gauge of what speed we can drive at and we generally drive around that speed or higher, seldom lower. How then does the spiritual freedom operate and how do we exercise it?

Overcoming sin such as that mentioned above is a real challenge because as hard as we try, we fail. However, when we are saved by the grace of God, we are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit and it steers us away from sin because it desires to serve God and not Satan. The fruits of the Holy Spirit evident in us are listed in the passage above and it shows that there is no room for sin. When we are confronted by sin, we know it because we are reminded by the Holy Spirit and our response should be to run away from it because if we court sin, we cannot serve God. When I am reminded by the Holy Spirit about doing something that is not pleasing to God, I submit myself into God’s hands and run from it. Satan attacks us in very subtle ways and walking close to God helps us hear His voice which directs us away from sin. This is hard for me to talk about because I know my brokenness and my propensity to sin but I also know that Christ has won the victory and as long as I am His, I am protected.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.


Galatians 4:21-23, 28-31
Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise… Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does the Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

As I continue to seek God through His word, I realize that every word written is worth it’s weight in gold because of how it reflects the character and nature of God. Quoted in verse 30 are words spoken by Sarah in anger when her son Isaac was being mocked by Hagar’s son (Born of Abraham) and even though it sounded crude at that time, God told Abraham to comply because it was through Isaac that Abraham’s offspring would be established. Isaac was born because of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah whereas Ishmael was born because they decided to take matters into their own hands. While all of this might be good and true, what does it have to do with us today who cannot draw any direct lineage to Abraham and are being called free?

I was born an Indian national and it might seem strange to some that I was saved by the grace of God in India because it is not in any way connected to Israel. God calls the Israelites His people and I call myself a Christian but I’m not Israelite and is there a problem? Our rebirth or the experience of being born again is not a physical one but spiritual and baptism is the physical act of obedience we follow to understand this transformation. When we submit our lives to Jesus Christ, God enters us through His Holy Spirit, cleanses (sanctifies) us of our sins, transforms our hearts and minds to be able to communicate with Him, and calls us His own which makes us Abraham’s offspring. We are not slaves to the law anymore but are now reborn free in Christ who conquered sin and death and gave us life eternal with Him and God the father. Are you still a child of slavery or the child of a promise?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.


Galatians 3:21-25
Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.

I’ve often wondered why the Israelites were given the law that could never be fulfilled and Christ who was the fulfillment of the law came much later. Is that not a worrying thought that God would give us an impossible yardstick first and we would keep trying to reach it but fail and then He would provide a solution that is instant, take no effort on our part and cost us nothing? Paul addresses that same question here in today’s chapter and as much as I wish I could place his entire explanation (The whole chapter) as the quoted text above, for the purpose of time and keeping to the point, we can reflect on the verses above which in essence gives us the gist.

We as humans think very selfishly and in the same way, we try to judge God through those eyes. For God who is the creator of everything, if He sought glory from man, wouldn’t it be easier for Him to create a creation that just simply loves and adores Him and keep Satan out? While it might be, it is not the case for I believe God gave us eyes, ears, hearts and minds to see, hear, feel and experience life, live it as per our standards and when we hit the wall of futility of our pointless lives, we see Him in His glory, submit to Him, accept Him as our Lord and Savior and worship Him with our lives. With the law, it was to show us sinful humans what God’s basic yardstick was and when we realized the futility of trying to match up, God provided us the ultimate solution that cost Him His Son and gave mankind the hope of eternity with Him. Are you bound by the legality of the living dead or are you living in the freedom of Jesus Christ with a hope of eternity in His loving presence?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.


Galatians 2:18-21
If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

How is it that day after day, as we seek God through His word, we are filled with new and rich understanding of God and the learning never ceases? Will there be an end to this journey? I certainly hope not for if there is, we will lose respect for God and try to be the gods of our own lives which is a journey into the abyss of pointlessness and a fulfillment of Satan’s plans for mankind.

Paul explains that through our submission to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we die to sin in His death and rise to righteousness through His resurrection therefore no longer living for ourselves but for God. We cannot attain righteousness by fulfilling the law which was why Jesus Christ came to be the bridge for us to God and therefore we can gain it only through Him, else His life and death is meaningless.

Are you wondering what the purpose of your life is or are you seeking meaning in your daily struggles? Are you trying in vain to live a life of contentment but not finding it? Do you have a hope for eternity or are you struggling to live for today without knowing what will happen if this world or your life comes to an end? Then call on the name of Jesus Christ and you will find meaning and purpose not just right now but eternally with Him!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.


Galatians 1:15-17, 22-24
But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus… I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me.

Salvation is a choice or are we chosen by God is a debate that has gone on for a long time among Christians because it then means we have or do not have the freedom of choice. Paul states in his letter that he was set apart from birth by God and called into God’s presence by God’s grace which means that Paul had little choice about the matter. However, we also need to remember that Paul lived a life that was causing more harm than good to the children of God before his conversion and God did not stop him until the day he was traveling on the road to Damascus. So now we know that Paul did have choice but eventually did not. What is God trying to say to us?

We will never fully understand God because we are limited by our human minds but we will continue to learn about God as we seek him every moment. We know that God’s purposes will be achieved no matter what and that every knee will bow before Him and acknowledge Him as God because His word states that. In that assurance we can rest and we can continue to share the gospel for we know not who might and might not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior but we do know that the Lord’s name will be glorified and He has won the final battle over Satan and sin. I pray people will know me as a sinner saved by God’s grace and that Christ will be glorified as I continue to yearn for Him and serve Him with my mind, body and spirit.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”