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the Risen Lord at the Work Place
1 King 19:19-21
..........Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
A few years
ago, we had a meeting at our office regarding personal articles kept at
work place. It was communicated to the participants that the office is
public place and articles of religious faith should not be exhibited
rampantly. It did not have the expected result because most of the
participants continued to keep the articles dear to them on the desktop.
We live in a
day and age where God is becoming an ignored entity in public place.
Several civil debates and court cases have sprung from this very topic.
The human race as a whole and Christians in particular, continue to
overlook the omnipresence of God. It is in such a context that the
presence of Risen Christ becomes relevant as a subject for discussion.
carefully examine the scripture for our study, Elisha did three things by
which he identified Elijah as a man of God.
1) As soon as
Elijah put the mantle on Elisha, he left the oxen and ran after Elijah.
This action proclaims Elisha’s readiness to serve the Lord.
2) Elisha gave
priority to serve the Lord over his human duty as a son to serve his
destroys the elements that enslaved him to the worldly tasks.
reaction that arises in us will be:
1) Am I to
leave my job in order to serve the Lord?
2) It does not
make any sense if all the Christians leave their present jobs and start
3) Is it
practical to make a living if everyone is to follow this path?
Our blessed Lord, during His ministry on the earth,
dealt with various individuals. They came from all parts of the society:
people of various colors, races, nationalities, beliefs and professions.
We do not see the Lord asking them to leave their profession, believe in
Him or follow Him except for the twelve disciples he chose for His ministry.
Zacchaeus is a relevant case to demonstrate this point. Lord Jesus
announced salvation to the house of Zacchaeus but did not ask him to
refrain from his profession of tax collection.
If that is the
case, then how are we going to identify the Risen Lord? At the very
start, we have to ask ourselves: “Do we acknowledge the power of His
presences in our lives? Do our actions and speech edify His words and
deeds in our daily walk?" Once we get a definite and resounding
‘YES’, then we can be sure that those around will sense the whistle of
the Holy Spirit as well.
important evidence of the presence of the Risen Lord in our lives is our
triumphant outlook on sin and death. The radiance of bright hope in our
speech and action will undoubtedly proclaim His glorious presence to
others at workplace. The glowing faith in our lives will guide those at
work place and those in our lives to the very source of such faith.
Finally, the engulfing love of God will fill their hearts with heavenly
melodies of the Risen Christ.
Father God, we
ask you to provide us the courage to acknowledge the your power and
presence in our work place. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE
Let us dedicate
ourselves to serve the commission of our Lord and Savior with a heart
full of gratitude.
Abraham Mammen, Epiphany
MTC, NY Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong 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 abused, abandoned, and …
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 from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 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
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!
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 resurrection of