Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Conscious Waiting for Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 12: 1-12 4 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”
In 1 Corinthians 12, Apostle Paul addresses a concern raised by the people of Corinth about spiritual gifts. In those days some members of the church misused their gifts for selfish gains and others became influenced by immoral practices. Paul writes in his letter that the ability to confess that Jesus is Lord can only come through the Holy Spirit. He goes on to remind them that the Holy Spirit manifests in everyone with different gifts such as the messages of wisdom and knowledge, faith, gift to heal, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguish spirits, speak and interpret different tongues. All these gifts are given for the common good which is to serve others to build the kingdom of God.
In verses 4-6 Apostle Paul uses the terms, same spirit, same Lord and same God in reference to the trinity to illustrate the diversity and unity of the spiritual gifts. As Christians we are called to serve one another and by serving others we are able to see the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We all have a great purpose in this life but our purpose may not be evident right away because everything is according to God’s perfect timing. Therefore, we must continue to be faithful knowing that God has our best interest at heart. Psalms 27:14 reminds us, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”. Time spent waiting on God is time never wasted. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”. We are never alone in our walk with God because where God guides he provides. Lets ask ourselves, “How has the Holy Spirit working in my life?”. May God bless us all.
Dear Lord, we thank you for your unconditional love. We acknowledge that your timing is the perfect timing. We surrender ourselves to you and ask that you use us, as you will. We pray for direction and wisdom to live a humble life in service to others. Amen.
Thought for the day
“As God’s children, we are not to be observers; we’re to participate actively in the Lord’s work. Spectators sit and watch, but we are called to use our spiritual gifts and serve continually”.
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
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
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