Saturday, October 13, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

From weakness to Discipleship
2 Cor 12:1-10
Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, I am strong (2 Cor 12:10).
Salvation is process not a point. It is an experience through which we are to progress every day. It is this experience that we are to be in constantly to be called a disciple. It has to be a parameter through which we measure the relation with the one who has commissioned us.
1. Discipleship - Affirmation of Faith in Crisis: There are certain barriers which limit us from being good disciples and by large the growth into salvation. These barriers in themselves cannot be categorized as good or bad. It is often our response and the motif of responses that makes it so. They are always present around us and we progress our lives through them. St. Paul here refers to a crisis he has in his personal life a physical ailment. In spite of which he is committed to serve God. Our lives are a constant journey. A journey that is to the fullness of being. A journey that requires us to define and determine our relationship with God. As we look in to the history we see that among distortions of time people have stood apart making affirmations form their consciousness developed in relation with God.
2. Discipleship — Experiencing of Grace: In times of weakness we have to submit ourselves to the grace of God. All human weakness is nullified in the grace of God. Grace is an experience which leads us through in spite of what we are. As individuals and community of communities let us affirm and reaffirm our graceful relation with God at all times and grow in the stature expected of us.

Dear Lord lead us in to the experience of salvation by making us devoted disciples. Let us experience your grace and affirm our faith in you ever and ever, Amen.

God strengthens the one whom he calls.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church