Posts Tagged ‘Relationship’


Luke 7:36-43
Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,d and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

The fact that Christ came to save sinners seems easy to pass off but difficult to live with for those who don’t share a relationship with him. What I mean here is that we live our lives in oblivion to the fact that we are sinners. It is hard for us to stop justifying our actions and looking at ourselves in the mirrors of our minds as reasonably good people. If we were involved in some form of charity, we feel like we are better than average. If we do a good act, it feels like a real bonus in our kitty and this seems to nullify any wrong that we could have done. Some religions offer ways to compensate our sins by actions like charity, pilgrimages, sacrifices, etc. However, are we really forgiven and what assurance do we have that these actions would cover all our sins? Also, what happens beyond the human years?

The reality of sin is that we are born in it and from the get go, we are collecting sin debt that cannot be paid off in human ways. We sin by thought as much as in word or deed and the Bible reminds us that all men have sinned and are in need of saving. This is the reason we are alienated from God and live in a sinner’s paradise where our eyes are covered with the devil’s shades! In today’s passage and also in today’s chapter, Jesus reminds us over and over again that he came to forgive us our sins (Past, present and future) and give us the assurance of sharing an eternity in his presence. The challenge is for us to admit our brokenness and desperate need for saving and then, when we ask him in, we are transformed. The sinful lady realized the depravity of her situation and knew that nothing she did could atone but by shamelessly submitting herself before Jesus and serving him with her heart, she was saved! Are we still living in the comfort zone of thinking we are ‘REASONABLY OKAY’ people? Wake up and repent before it is too late!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Christmas Cheer


Mark 15:16-20
The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Passion of Christ was a movie that depicted what Jesus went through in those torturous hours and it was very hard for me to watch not only because of all the blood and gore but because it seemed so real and put reality in place of a ‘tale’ we have often read or heard. I don’t know about you but for me, when I grew up, the Bible was a bunch of stories that were meant to be heard and remembered but I often doubted it. What was so special about God and more so about his son who came to die for us?? Life was good, school was fun, there were good times and so on and where did God have to fit in? Then and even for a long time after, Church and faith were requirements to be fulfilled but dint make any relevant sense.

In today’s movies, the hero most definitely comes up with a genius plan and rescues himself while giving the bad guys a real beating but here, things seem to go south for Jesus and he has no rescue plan, no heavenly hosts appear and scare the daylights of these bad people, nothing. Jesus is falsely accused and offers no response, humiliated and beaten but does not utter a word and finally broken and put to death and his short but eventful life seems to come to an end but it is not the end, only the perfect beginning for us. If Jesus had not gone through all of this and overcome death, we would have no sacrifice to atone with God and how much more perfect can our sacrifice be than this? If there is 1 thing God cannot hold against us regardless of how horrible we are and were, it is the image of his son whose blood was shed for us. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God the father sees us as Jesus’s own and this shed blood for our brokenness is vital to our new relationship. I pray this morning that you are able to stand with me at the cross and thank Jesus for putting himself through all of this for us. I pray that we will recommit our lives to him and hand over the reins to him.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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A Loving Embrace

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Mark 1:35-39
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

After studying the gospel of Matthew, we now begin a new journey through the gospel of Mark. As I read the chapter, I noticed that Mark has a very concise style of writing and seems to include a lot in little space, something that I should probably be doing 🙂 What seemed amazing to me today is to note that Jesus, even though the Son of God, always sought the Lord God in prayer in a quiet and solitary place. Jesus with all his wisdom, abilities to heal, bless and transform people spent time with his father in prayer and that made me ask what that meant for us?

I believe we are seekers because we are constantly looking for something. When we are happy, we seek to keep things that way so as not to loose our happiness, and when we are down, we seek a way back to happiness. Some of us know the Lord and therefore seek his help to resolve our issues and bring us back to a place of comfort but this may not be the same when we are happy. Jesus during his ministry constantly sought the father whether in times of achievement or brokenness. Even though he was God’s own son and had all the power and authority in heaven, he still acknowledged his father in all things and this is something we need to do too. Do you have a quiet time with the Lord daily and do you share your joys and sorrows with him? He seeks to have a relationship with us and calls us with open arms.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

 

A Quiet Place

 


Matthew 6:7-13
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Public prayer is an area of my spiritual walk I seriously battled and still sometimes do. It probably stems from the fact that my personal prayer life was not fully evolved in itself but I certainly thought it was because I dint have faith like some people in church leadership do and I would never get there. Prayer is a significant part of our walk with the Lord and the part that the Lord is emphasizing here today is not public prayer but just prayer to him because it is how we communicate with God. Jesus spent significant amounts of time daily praying and you will notice that this prayer was always in solitude, far away from the noises of the world in a quiet place. The reason was because this would ensure he was communicating to God with no disturbance because this was a precious and valuable time to him.

When we speak with God, we need to realize the significance of our relationship to God. God the father knows our every need before we even utter it to him but unless we share that relationship with him, what kind of a relationship is it? A Christian without quiet time can probably be equated to a dead body! How can we call ourselves followers of Christ and not communicate with the one who transformed us? Being Christian is not a title or an achievement, it is a living relationship and a testimony of a transformed life, not because of our own selves or our hard work. When we speak to God, God listens and answers and works in and through us. I know some of us struggle getting time to spend with the Lord but I urge you to understand the significance of what the Lord has done for you in your life before you prioritize yourself before your maker.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet