Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Compassion that Leads to the Experience of the Kingdom of God ECCCLESIASTES 9:1-13 Vs 10. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all you might.
“Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good wishes and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they experience true life” 1 Timothy 6:18-19. We live in an unpredictable world but what is certain is only one thing that God is in control. It is not important how long we lived in this world, but what is looked for is the quality of life we lived, how we were useful to humanity, how we lived to glorify the Lord and what we have done to assure our place in eternity. God wants us to use our wealth, health and tithe of all our time to bring others to Jesus. We usually spend a lot of our resources on luxuries of our own, our children, our enjoyments turning a deaf ear to the cries of the world, living a life comparing others always with a competitive spirit to be better than someone. But today’s portion of our devotion clearly tells us that we all have a common destiny. The righteous and wicked, the rich and the poor, the clean and the unclean, those who make big sacrifices and those who do not, all have the final destiny of death which is inevitable. All of us come from dust and to dust all we return. Death is the great leveler of all living objects. whether you are accepted in heaven or hell is up to God and His judgement. We have to live a life that is compassionate to other human beings helping those in need and loving everyone, considering and treating everyone equal. Vs10, it reads whatever we do, do it with a full heart as if doing it for God and not for man. The most important commitment one can make in one’s life is to commit completely and surrender to Jesus and radiate His love and compassion to others. This will lead to life that is holy and Godly. Proverbs 29:11 it reads “a fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them”. We have a higher road to travel in our life. We cannot control what other people do to us but definitely we can control how to react to others. The choice is ours. We can be rude, or we can be a loveable person to win others heart in their difficult situations. God wants us to be wise and not foolish in the wicked world we live. The dead cannot alter their reward, as their destiny is already done. But for the living we still have a chance to live a life worthy of His glory. Avoid the hate, jealousy and grumbling nature and live a life loving and caring for each other and ultimately loving God with all our heart and soul.
Lord allow us to surrender our life completely to you. You are in charge of our destiny and let us be aware that we are created in this world not to hate each other or envy each other but to love, care and praise your name. Amen.
Thought for the day Help me praise you with every breath you have given me Lord today.
Annie Jose The Mar Thoma Church, Staten Island.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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