Monday, July 24, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Equipping the people of God

Shaji Thomas Jacob
Salem MTC, NY

In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.


Paul wrote to help his readers better understand the dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace. One of Paul’s theme is that of unity – all Christians are one family in Jesus, and they should act with love toward each other. The Jewish community believed that salvation belonged to them who strictly followed the testaments, but not the Gentiles. Paul clearly explains that the Gentiles are included in the God’s plan of salvation. The mystery has been revealed to the apostles, Paul has been charged to give this great news to the Gentiles and explain to the churches their new role and identity. The Christ, the Jewish Messiah, would die not only for the sins of His own people, but also for the sins of people from every nation.

The realization of this eternal purpose came through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, who came at the fullness of time. Jesus is now our direct access to God. Coming to God through Jesus was God’s plan from before the foundation of the world. This is the plan God made for us to come to Him, and because it’s His own plan, we can have boldness and confidence in coming to Him through Jesus. 

Stewardship of God’s Grace: Paul refers his administration of the word and salvation here, basically God’s plan in his life. What is God’s stewardship of grace in our life. A stewardship is a trust, an accountability to God for what He has given to us. Our prayer is that we will be faithful with the stewardship of God, that he has given us. Everything what we have is a gift from God, and all belongs to Him. We are committed to do what the Master wants. We are accountable to all that the Master has given to us. You should love yourself even with any limitation because you are specially or uniquely created by God in His own image. Do not hide your talent and do not abuse your talent because it’s a gift from God and use it accordingly.

In the book Cat and Dog Theology, it is a fresh way of looking at your relationship with God, the Bible, the world, and of course yourself. Cats may call you ‘Master’, but tend to live a self-centered life but on the other hand, Dogs are eager to see and please their master. A dog may look at you and think, ‘You feed me, you pet me, you shelter me and you love me’- You must be my God. On the other hand, a cat can look at you and say, ‘You feed me, you pet me, you shelter me and you love me’- I must be the God. They both look at the same information, but because of their master-centered or self-centered attitudes, they come to totally different conclusions.

In the same way, many Christians look at all that God has done for them, they use their prayer time to tell God what they want, when they want it, and how they want it. They verbally says  ‘He is Master’ but treat Him like a well-wisher. If He doesn’t do accordingly, they complain. They think life is all about them and they use God to make them happy.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we adore You, we worship You, and glorify You. Lord, help us not to live for ourselves, but for Your greatest glory. Amen. 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

He was born blind for the glory of God. (John 9:3)