The Journey 94: Transformation In My Personal Life
Read: Mathew 24: 1-28
Mega Millions: Will I win Half a billion dollar? This was one question that united the atheist, the agnostics, people with no faith or little faith and even some of the so called believers into one common event– The Mega Million. It was a lottery event which almost caused a national uproar, here in United Sates because the prize money exceeded $600 million. Every one was talking a bout Mega Million and it was strange to find people putting prayer request even in Facebook seeking God’s grace so that they could win a billion dollars. People were lining up to buy lottery tickets in droves as the nationwide Mega Millions craze hits all the 40 states that were participating in the lottery jackpot. But a strange thing has happened which was reported by the news agencies and the news was that, though the winning numbers had been announced last week, and the winning tickets sold, no one till day has come forward to claim the prize. Here was an event which brought to light the prevalent value system of a majority in the society. Use shortcuts to get to fame and riches. People all wanting to somehow make an additional buck, or the feeling that it is in having lot of money stashed in the bank, is what will give us security. It was so disheartening to see even some of the so called believers involving in this type of gambling. Today we live in a world where the value of a person is not valued in intrinsic terms rather on financial terms and hence the craze to become rich in the most easiest way possible. This is where Jesus Christ teaches us about the transformation that we need to have in our life. He vividly talks about the narrow way and the broad way [ Mathew 7: 13,14]. Transformed living as Christian is travelling the narrow way and ready to say no to short cuts in life.
This week we are meditating on the theme “ Transformation in our personal life”. In the portion that we are using for our meditation, we find Jesus Christ exhorting his disciples on the intricacies of Christian life and also to guard against the false teaching that will come when He is gone. He clearly focus’s his attention on how some people are going to come and dilute not only the message of the gospel but also the commitment that one has to take in living Christian life. Jesus has always been very vocal that Christian life is not the easy way of life and hence he had affirmed that without the experience of the Cross, living Christian life is futile or we are trying to move the cross away from our life, then that is dilution of the gospel message. When Jesus talks about the narrow way to the heaven, he is teaching us that we cannot take any shortcuts in life, that we will need to suffer and be different from the patterns of the world and people who would always want to go through the wider paths of life. The narrow paths is the one that leads to the experience of the kingdom of heaven and that there are only few people who will find it, while the wider paths leads to destruction.[ Mathew 7: 14]
Let us therefore examine our life this week when the church is observing the passion of Jesus Christ. Are we so obsessed with the feeling and the thought we need to make some fast money as and when life gives you a chance? My faith principle is that God knows what is best for me and I will depend on His providence and grace to provide for my daily needs. Hence let us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then I believe God will take care of the rest.
Which path will you take in life– The narrow path to life or the wider path or the short cuts to destruction?