Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Life to be reformed through the Word of God
1 John 2: 17
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Word vs World.
A dilemma that every Christian is called to live through faithfully.
From our infancy, we have been taught a lot of things. If you have been to Sunday school, you would know the good values that our teachers try to imbibe in their students through the parables and other stories from the word of God. But as we grow older, we tend to unlearn or dismiss these values as just ‘good stories’ for young kids in our race to live as ‘smart’ adults in this world. We have so many reasons and justifications for the way we act and for the things we do. We do things out of naivety, ignorance, misunderstanding or sadly willfully. Sin being so prevalent in our lives from the time we were born (Psalms 51:5). We are used to things that are wrong because they have become so normal in our lives and culture.
But Jesus Christ, the eternal Logos (Word) calls us to a completely different way of living.
Through today’s Epistle the word of God warns us against loving the world and the things of the world. World or flesh denotes those things that we desire which are opposite to what God wants for his children. Bible stresses to us the frailty of things of this world. Everything we see can be destroyed in moments as we have experienced in the past years through a virus, floods, wars etc. But still the world has convinced us that we are striving and everything is going well. Or it points us to the opposite direction that tells us that God is apathetic and doesn’t exist and that everything here is meaningless so why do we need to live a moral life.
Only the word of God can keep us grounded. Grounded to the fact that our God did indeed come as a human to die for us, that he has given us His Spirit to lead us in the path set for us and to guide us when we are lost or to cry to Him when we have no words. He is the rock and foundation on whom we can confidently build our lives. And we can rest assured that His word will never pass away (Mathew 24:35). And those who do keep His commands will live with Him for eternity.
Lord, change our perspectives to eternity so that we may understand the feebleness of our lives. Help us to live our lives knowing that one day, we will look at you in heaven. Let all our actions, words and thoughts reflect that truth.
Thought for the Day
Lord, change our perspectives to eternity so that we may understand the feebleness of our lives.
Noel John George Long Island MarThoma Church, New York