Posts Tagged ‘Right’


Genesis 38:1-2,24-26 And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her and went in to her… Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry.” Then Judah said, “Bring her out and let her be burned!” It was while she was being brought out that she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “I am with child by the man to whom these things belong.” And she said, “Please examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these?” Judah recognized them, and said, “She is more righteous than I, inasmuch as I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not have relations with her again.

Forgive me for feeling so outraged but why does the Bible record such depressing details of key figures who were supposed to carry God’s blessing?

This chapter – I encourage you to read it before you continue – shows the brokenness of Judah and his family. The reason I’m so upset is that Judah is Jesus’ ancestor!

This is a record of Judah’s disobedience by marrying a Canaanite woman which was forbidden by God, choosing another for his oldest son Er and their brokenness cost him the lives of his first 2 sons, makes him the father of two more sons born through an incestuous relationship with his daughter-in-law and a life of pure shame.

Is there any point to this story and what is God speaking to us through it? (more…)

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1 Peter 3:13-18
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.

As I interact with people at work, in my neighborhood, through common friends, etc. I have come to realize that there are two different worlds we live in because our calling and motivations are different. The two worlds are diametrically opposite because of who heads each world and it is obvious. Two challenges we face in living in both worlds are to be able to determine which side we are on and then to hold to our beliefs for the glory of the way we believe is right. I am a christian and I find that as much as I try, my calling requires me to stand apart from those who are not and show them the one who called me from darkness into light. The result is that I face the jeers of those who are not Christian as they are happy being in their skin and living in their knowledge or lack of. What does God have to say to those of us who He has saved from the darkness into His light? (more…)


2 Corinthians 5:13-15, 17, 21
If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!… God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

A few weeks back, the youth pastor in our church shared God’s word and the theme of his message was ‘Acting Crazy’! Yes, you read it right and I kid you not. He and a team of youth had just returned from Costa Rica where they went to paint and fix up a church in a remote village and then make a kids park near the village soccer field. Nothing too overt and yet a big deal for the young men and women who went along for whom the reality of life in a developing country was an eye-opener. His point was that in our new God transformed selves, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ and we should try to be different from the broken world, whether in word or deed. Is that what Paul is also saying here?

As a Christian, one of the challenges we face is to convince people that we are not of this world. Anyone who cannot understand what we are saying laughs at our beliefs because we look, act and react like anyone else. I was a mocker once but now after I realized what Christ’s death and sacrifice meant to me, I am the mocked and I praise God for it. The question we need to ask is are we living in the world as a part of it or walking against the tide? If we are one with the world and call ourselves transformed or ambassadors for Christ, anyone would laugh, but when we stand up for our faith and live for Christ and not for the world, the world sees the difference. Many will mock and taunt us but our God sees and uses our lives to touch the many needy around. We count it joy to die to the world and to live for Christ! Let’s stand up and celebrate the one who died for us and saved us from death.

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.


Acts 7:54-56, 59-60
When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

When you read chapter 7 of Acts, you really start to wonder if Stephen was stark raving mad! He was falsely accused of speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God and when asked to justify himself, he chose to lecture the temple authorities, his accusers and everyone present at the Sanhedrin about how they like their forefathers murdered Jesus the savior, the prophets, and lived far from the law set out by God to Moses. Was that not fool hardy? Couldn’t he have just not agreed and let them punish him with a jail term of a pat on the wrist rather than enrage them to stone him to death? Was there any point?

If you verse 58 and you will notice that Stephen’s clothes were given to Saul, one of his accusers and a man who was determined to reach the echelons of priesthood by virtue of catching all the believers in Jesus Christ and putting them to death. A little while after this incident, Saul is transformed into Paul, a man after God’s own heart who gave up this treacherous life to seek God and lead thousands to Christ. What might sound insignificant in Stephen’s death has significance to Saul before his conversion to Paul. He later said in Phil. 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”. There is no coincidence or chance with God. Are you willing to live for God’s glory?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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