Posts Tagged ‘Race’


Luke 20:22-24
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Over the last many days, I have often referred to the Olympics and for this I apologize. Here in Canada, it is BIG and therefore everything presently revolves around the games as it is being hosted in Vancouver, the city we live in. Every time I see an athlete win a medal and hear the interviews, I long to hear the reason for their success and so far, the only thing I hear is how they did it through their own hard work and determination against all odds. That seems to be our attitude in everything we do. We long for recognition and glory and love to get credit for things we do. This is also the case in charity where the focus is on who gave how much. When we hear Paul speak, we see something totally the opposite and the impact of his life and work was considerably more than all the Olympians put together!

I sometimes wonder if I were in his place, would I do the same? Would I sacrifice my everything to serve the peoples of this world? Maybe if I knew my needs were met, whether it be shelter, food, finances, protection, etc. However, with Paul, Silas, Barnabas, Timothy and the many who served God, they were not funded or provided for by man. Paul, in fact supported himself and his friends through his profession of tent-making and used these resources to provide for his ministry. Every one of them suffered continuously but still believed it a privilege to serve God through their lives. What about us today? Do we live in the comforts of this world and are unwilling to complete the task the Lord Jesus has given us?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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Mark 7:25b-30
A woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

I wonder if I would have the wisdom of the Syrophoenician woman when Jesus speaks to me in parables because I consider myself very dumb when I read passages like this one selected above. This lady came to Jesus in pain and had a desperate need for Jesus’ miraculous touch on her daughter who was demon possessed. However, she was not Jew and Jesus was there to save the lost sheep of Israel. Would she have any place before a foreign God whose objectives seemed different? In times of desperation, do we seek anything that will give us a solution to our problems?

What Jesus asked her was whether it was right for him to turn his attention to the gentiles before he was done with the Jews and her response showed him that she knew Jesus was here to save sinners, not just a race of people. She must’ve noticed it in the sarcastic language Jesus used to describe gentiles or in his manner of speaking but her answer was apt. I often feel like a servant before Jesus, my Lord, whose crumbs I am not fit to take. In Christ, we have victory from the dominion of sin and suffering because through his death and resurrection, we have the hope of eternity. We all have needs and I know today the Lord speaks to me as clearly as he speaks to you that he wants for us to put our faith in him and know that he will answer our pleas in an amazing way!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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