15 But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and
called me through his grace, was pleased
Apostle Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road and
his transformation came in a flash. When Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of
Christ’s followers, heard the voice of Christ, his eyes were instantly
opened to the truth that Jesus is the living God, and he became an ardent
It appears he has not seen Christ in person, though he is very
much aware of his teachings. He was an observant and conservative Jew and
that is why he went out of his way and persecuted Christians. But when he
heard His voice, he believed in Him and came to know that Christ is the
way, the life and truth.
We are in a similar situation. We have not seen Jesus
personally. But we have heard his voice. His voice -the Word - came through
our parents, Sunday school teachers, priests, evangelists, elders and the
like, and above all from reading the bible.
We have been hearing the Word for so many years according to our
age, at least from our Sunday school days. Yet, many of us have not budged
a bit from our old lifestyle and mindset, like the seeds that fell on the
rock. We have closed our eyes and locked our ears to the Word. However we
will be asked on the judgment day what had been our response to the Word
all these years. It is high time to reflect on the missed
opportunities and change course.
The them for the day is “Identifying risen Lord in the work
place.” If any kind knowledge we receive dies in us or dies with us, it is
good for nothing. The purpose of knowledge is to apply for the benefit of
our as well as others’ lives. The Word is the best knowledge we can have,
because it helps us to lead a better life in this world and an everlasting
life with God in heaven.
It is a pity if the Word dies in us or with us, benefiting none.
So resurrect the Word in us and transform our lives the way God
wants. Once we begin to enjoy the peace and happiness the Word brings, the
Word will automatically flow from us to others. Christ came to the
world to redeem humankind and he seeks the salvation of all. Towards that
end we became partners of Christ.
If the Word of the Lord is stirring in us, workplace ministry is
a good place to start, since we are in everyday contact with people around
us. In this age of “politically-correct” principles and secular
ideology, the spreading of the Word at workplace faces many obstacles, but
nothing insurmountable, as Apostle Paul had shown in his ministry.
We are either Christians or non-Christians. There is no midway.
The way we live as Christians is as important as the way we spread the
Gospel. In the workplace, one way of sharing the Gospel is to live like a
Christian, and talk like a Christian, and thus without us uttering a word,
co-workers and others will experience the love of Christ through us. Then
most probably we will get the opportunity to talk about the Lord.
Workplace by extension is, not only the place of work where you
are paid wages, but also areas of voluntary work, schools and campuses, and
families. If all Christians diligently work for His kingdom, the salvation
of whole humankind is not far off.
“Lord make us your instruments to spread the Good News to the
ends of the earth.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: In the workplace, one way of
sharing the Gospel is to live like a Christian, and talk like a Christian,
and thus without us uttering a word, co-workers and others will experience
the love of Christ through us.
Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand! In this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resur
Revelation for Liberation Acts 27:18-26 Sherine Thomas Long Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. “After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to tell a child as to why they’ve been a
PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his people. Two important things