Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
FESTIVAL OF UNITY OF THE COMMUNION OF CHURCHES IN IndiaMathew 20:20-28
Verse 28: Just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
What are our ambitions? What do we dream about? What are the secret hopes in our life? Playwright George Bernard Shaw reminds us that there are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire, the other is to gain it.
This event is recorded in Mathew and Mark, and it occurred towards the end of Jesus's ministry. A week before the crucifixion Jesus and disciples were walking towards Jerusalem.
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus and asked for a favor, to grant her two sons to sit on His left and right side in his Kingdom. It is always easy to see our dreams get fulfilled in our children instead of seeking God's advice. We could also see, it caused rivalry among other disciples towards James and John. The basic problem is that James and John underestimated the cost of following Christ, and overestimated their importance.
When Jesus challenged James and John to join him in drinking the cup and taking his baptism, he was calling them to suffer in his name. With four simple words, Jesus radically broke that kind of ambition. “Not so with you”. Whoever wants to be a leader, must become a servant. He taught them the value of the servanthood ministry for which they were called.
Towards this goal, the purpose of the Communion
of Churches in India is worthwhile. It aims to serve as a common organ for the visible manifestation of unity, witness, and service. It focuses on issues of peace justice and integrity. CCI likes to explore new avenues to share and affirm God's love.
Lord teach us to humble ourselves in your sight and in your ministry, enable us to love you with heart soul, and mind.
Thought for the Day
Are we ready to propagate servanthood ministry through Diakonia?
Dr.John K.Thomas Tabor MTC