Spectacular or Not – You are Standing on Holy Ground

A section of God’s people are so scared about the presence of God that they find it very convenient to be as away from anything that has to do with the experience of God’s presence. On the other hand, another section has taken the idea of God’s presence for granted, so much so, that there is no element of fear or reverence.

I believe God wants us to approach Him. That He wants us to experience His presence, and that too intimately. Unfortunately, sin has wrongly wired us so that we either mostly ignore God’s presence or we acknowledge His presence in a very limited or selective way.

It was just another day for Moses. And burning bushes were not out of the ordinary. What was extraordinary was that – the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. His attempt to get a closer view got a clear response from God to not come nearer. Moreover, he was told – “the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

And the life of Moses was set to be changed forever.

It is important for us to consider as to how much our lives will be affected and set to go on a different or higher course altogether if we live consciously with this belief that – “the place where we are, is holy ground.”

We find a Moses who lived the rest of His life in very close association to God’s presence. And most of it was indeed spectacular.

I think most of us would gladly agree for one (or two) burning bush experience in our entire life. But who has the time or will to live continuously in the presence of God?

However, let us remember that it is possible, even as we exist in the ordinary and mundane, to live out our life in the blessed and holy presence of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and with the help and fullness of the blessed Holy Spirit.


God’s Love for Us and for Others Through Us

Like a field or piece of land that chooses to channel water to distant places and strange lands. And like, when that field becomes a channel of continuous flow of water, also ensures that it will also be watered perennially. So also, when we choose to become a channel of God’s love to the people we relate to and come across; we are blessed in that to be constantly saturated ourselves with God’s love.

It is only God’s love that can truly satisfy us. No matter what we seek and no matter what we are lacking in our life – what we truly need, really need in life is the love of God.
Jeremiah prophecies concerning God’s love for His people:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (Jer 31:3)

Furthermore, when we are called to love others – it is not to love them in our limited and unstable capacity. Our natural inclination to love people differs from case to case, person to person. Some people, we find, it is easy to love them. On the other hand trying to love some people can be a very frustrating and painful affair. And our attempts can end up bringing out the worst that we are capable of.

However, Paul said to the Corinthian Christians in teaching them – “Love never ends.” (1 Cor 13:8)

Irrespective of situations and persons concerned, true godly love that never ends or ceases is only possible when it is God’s love flowing through us into the lives of others.

As we are about to enter the New Year, let us desire, more than anything else, to become such a channel for God’s love to flow through.

In that we definitely stand to gain and the people we relate to will be truly blessed. The world now needs more such people who will pour out God’s love to others. God needs you and me in this generation to do just that.

May that be our resolve, prayer, and desire. God is able to bless and use us.


He Came to This World – Becoming One like You and Me

The people of Nazareth observed that:

  • Most things about Jesus were exceptional
  • His teaching was exceptional
  • His wisdom was exceptional
  • His mighty works were exceptional

However, the problem they had was –

It was this man they knew quite well; at least they professed to know him. Not that they had anything against him in particular other than the few stumbling blocks; that –

  • He was a carpenter
  • Son of Mary
  • And his family lived with them.

And that is exactly the beauty of God and the unfathomable depth of His wisdom. That when the second person of the holy blessed Trinity came and dwelt among us –

  • He came just like you and me
  • Born as a human baby
  • Growing up in the household that he was a part of

They knew that he was born to Mary and they did see him growing up and doing all that should be done by one living in Joseph’s house. No problem there. But they could not account for his absolutely exceptional teaching, His exceptionally great wisdom, His exceptionally powerful deeds of might.

They could not understand because they did not know that this Jesus whom they saw – He was, and is, and forever will be. That He is indeed the great I Am. That He is the Word of God that created everything. That in Him dwells the fullness of God’s deity.

A spectacular entry into this world would have been enough and highly effective to win some worldly political battle. Well, He had not come to do that – as much as many wanted Him to do exactly something like that.

He came as He did, becoming like you and me, a baby born, and then growing up in a household in a manner that was most non-descript and ordinary. So that not only would our sins be forgiven, but that we may through Him inherit His righteousness after being delivered from what we had naturally inherited from Adam.

Adam and Eve sinned and also raised an entire race of people in unrighteousness. Jesus came as He did so that He might be victorious where Adam was a loser and He gives of His victory His own righteousness to those who believe in Him. Adam sinned and Adam died – he passed on to the whole Adamic race his unrighteousness and the death thereof. Jesus lived and sinned not. He sinned not, yet died so that all our sins would be atoned for – and He passes on to anyone of the Adamic race who would believe in Him, His righteousness and eternal life thereof.

He is alive forever more and is the firstborn of the new creation that is made of the redeemed from the Adamic race.

Thank you Lord Jesus our Messiah, our one and all sufficient savior for coming the way you did. Amen


Focus on Jesus

Ministry cannot be a substitute for a misplaced relationship with God. We cannot accomplish anything that is pleasing to God without being in communion with Him through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He is the vine and we are the branches. And when the branch is wholly dependent on the vine for its very sustenance and also for the realization of its potential, then all that the vine has is freely provided to it.

The demon possessed man, in the country of the Gerasenes, was delivered by Jesus and he wanted to go along with Jesus. “He begged Him that he might be with Him” (Mark 5:18). But Jesus, “did not permit him but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19)

He was delivered by Jesus. And his orientation, focus, and dependence are on Jesus and Him alone. Here, though it sounds as if Jesus is sending him away – we may rather see that he was commissioned and empowered. This then is one of those disciples who are called to stand in contrast to the disciples who were called to be with Him.

When our orientation is toward Jesus and we focus on Him in total dependence, then He may call us to be with Him. And is that not the greatest privilege that we may have in this life. Or He may send us to accomplish some task that He entrusts us. Even then is that also not the greatest privilege that we may have in this life – for He is with us all the time.

The exhortation for you is that – don’t focus on what you can do for Jesus, but focus on Jesus Himself. And let Him determine what you have to do. You may be called to just be with Him or you may just as well be called to do something for Him.


He Came to Save the Lost

Did human beings ever realize that going away from God was not to live with themselves but to end up in servitude and slavery to Satan who had the sole intention to ruin and corrupt all that God had made?

Probably the demon possessed man in the country of the Gerasenes is a vivid symbol of what a God less life can result in. Cut off from everyone else. Terrifying others. Destroying himself. Tormented day in and out.

Let us remember that the demon possessed man, whom Jesus delivered, in his state of helplessness was in effect no different from not only the many people who are tormented by evil spirits but also many others who may appear normal, or even sophisticated and cultured. In their Godlessness they are no less cut off from their fellow beings – for relationships are maintained for selfish ends. They are destroying themselves – though they seem to flourish on the outside. They may not terrorize others now – but, God forbid, in hell they will become a symbol of terror indeed. They are also tormented day in and out – but they drown them all in their busy schedules and worldly living.

The man in the country of the Gerasenes was a crude manifestation of what Satan can do. There are countless others who though they appear and act normal but are just as broken, as lost, as helpless, as ruined.

Godless living in not a smart proposition. It is a highway to hell. If that man was pushed to the brink by a legion of evil spirits, then the lost people are pushed to that very same destruction by the huge crowd of all the others as lost as themselves who are all so stunned by the vain and deceptive attractions of this world.

Amazement does change into disillusionment when realization sets in and most often when that happens it is too late.

Too late! Too late, it is indeed for those who keep denying God and refusing His outstretched arm to save.

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who comes to save every one of the lost and rotting lives no matter where they happen to be. He comes to save and He is able to save.

Let the episode of the Gerasenes country make us realize the futility of the Godless life. Let us face the reality of our state. Godless living is a ruined life. We need, and let me say, we all need Jesus to save us from all our lostness and give us the right state of mind so that we will live the way He wants us to live, and that is the way we were created to live.

Jesus Saves!!!


Resetting our Preoccupation

“Dear God, I pray that we your people will continue to seek you. For you are the bread of life and you alone enable us to have life eternal. Amen.”

Often the physical needs and the desires of this life entangle us and keep us from the pursuit of God and His ways. They have a way of keeping on coming upon us as an onslaught so that we are never ever actually free from our entanglements of life and its needs, wants, and greed. One leads to the other, this happens after that. We hope for a time when we will be relieved. We think, optimistically that after the present issue we will get some relief. However, all that we hope for and optimistically anticipate remain elusive. We see, but it turns out to be a mirage.

Christian life is not one that waits to be lived when we are permitted by our circumstances, because in real life, our circumstances may not grant us such a privilege. Christian life is a clear call to make a conscious switching of priorities so that the eternal aspects of life and calling take precedence over the temporal affairs of life.

To facilitate this we need to program our mind, by the Word and the Holy Spirit, so that we are able to ascribe priority to the things of God, though they are intangible. This has to become the constant practice of the Christian because, the temporal things of the world are not only tangible, they are aggressive in their demands for attention. Pamper them and you are easily enslaved.

Nevertheless, let us break free and choose to live this day, let us live this week – come what may – by giving priority to the things of God. You may not find it easy, but it is not impossible. And then you will find yourself in the glorious liberty of life that God provides for His children. And let me also assure you, that you are not to do all this in your own strength. You believe Jesus for it and you will indeed be helped by Jesus to live with a new set of priorities that relate to the life eternal. And yes, Jesus Christ died for you that you may inherit eternal life. It is yours to both claim your inheritance and also experience some of it here on this side of eternity.

Take courage. Go on. And live by it….


Wrong Priorities

Having our own priorities, we tend to stick to them. However, if we seek to serve God in response to His call then we need to properly understand and live by God’s priorities.

Saul as king of Israel was called and entrusted with a task that was communicated clearly to him by prophet Samuel. He missed the mark because he ended up doing things in his own way.

  1. Most people do not even venture out into the realm of God’s will and they try to keep a distance from the things of God. That is, they do not ‘hear’ anything concrete from God and so they do not feel accountable to Him in any way.
  2. Of those people who do hear God’s instructions, or are pro-active in seeking to do something for God as desired by Him, many are not able to continue in the plan and purpose of God.
  3. The way to live our life well is to begin, go on, and finally conclude our life in the will of God. If such be the pursuit of our life then we cannot afford to have our priorities differ from God’s. Therefore, we constantly seek to have our priorities replaced by God’s priorities.

When our minds are constantly transformed by the Word and the Holy Spirit – we begin the journey of inheriting God’s thoughts and we are enabled to prioritize like God wants us to.

To begin with, Saul was reluctant to become king. His thought process and life priorities apparently did not want anything like that. So, in one sense, he was cajoled, coaxed, and led to become king of Israel. Then, having assumed kingship, his thinking changed and he tried his best to sustain his dynasty. However, he never really tried to understand God’s heart, God’s mind, and His ways. There was no effort on his part to conform to God’s way of thinking and prioritizing. He never desired to be transformed by the God who had called him to that great task.

And because he failed to even try to become as God required of him, he was very bluntly rejected by God. After that rejection by God though he continued as king, his life was useless and bereft of any meaning.

Let us take this lesson to heart – that we are called to serve God and we can fulfill His call only when we keep on seeking to be transformed by Him and thus have our priorities become like God’s own. Only then will we be able to do justice to our call and gifting.


Be Generous to Yourself!!!

They all seem to want so much more –

It is never sufficient…

Greedy for good food, they take in their plate the best portion, sometimes more than what they can eat!

They also want better house(s), more property.

They want more money. Anybody quitting these days???

They want higher positions: Oh! How they love it when they get to lord it over others.

In this fallen world – greed rules the day, and greed celebrates after nightfall.


It is so good to our ears when somebody says, “Do take a generous portion for yourself.”


Yes, take a generous slice, a very heavy cut of your time everyday – And pray for more hours.

Take a generous portion for yourself, devour, yes, literally devour the Word of God. And it will definitely do good to your famished, under-nourished, frail inner person within.

Do not give up your score, do not let go – And have your fill of your days of fasting and praying. Shut the whole world out.

Instead of bragging about your meetings and appointments with the big-shots – may your calendar be decorated with your fulfilled appointments with the King of kings.


Do not be greedy for the things of the world. For it is in vain that you run, in vain you strive, in vain you build, in vain you conquer. There is no doubt – it all feels very good. But remember, you were made for better things, for the greatest purpose.

Rather, be generous to yourself and seek out those things that many despise in their youth. Be generous to yourself when it comes to your spiritual health.

Think big for yourself when it is about your spiritual growth.

Push yourself real hard when it is in your opportunities to minister and serve and give.

Do not wish small when it is about the things of God.


Give God the best days of your life.

Give God what is right and not what is left – because God deserves it.

And, when you finish your race – you will never regret a life lived for God in earnest and faithfulness.


Holding the Law, but Missing God

They thought they were doing ‘the Law’ a favor by going out and immediately holding counsel with the Herodians against Jesus Christ, regarding how to destroy Him. (Mark 3:6)

It is not enough to claim that we are upholding the Law, when in truth we end up missing God altogether. Isn’t it a pity that the ‘teachers of the Law’ and the ‘upholders of the Law’ – those who had supposedly given their entire life for the Law – could not recognize Jesus, the Word of God. Moreover, they sought out ways to destroy Him.

They thought of Jesus as being a ‘threat’ to their system of religion that they wanted to keep at any cost. And it did cost many of them their Savior and their salvation. The system that they so badly wanted to keep for their own gains also fell, as history testifies.

It is never ever enough to look like a fruit bearing tree without having any fruit. We can boast all we like, that we are having more leaves, and that we are actually specializing in leaves or branches, etc. But boasting of any or many features other than the actual fruit, and for that matter good fruit, is never enough.

People then, through the ages, and even today are experts at misinterpreting the Law so that their lack of fruits are covered up or excused. Nevertheless, when God comes seeking, He is coming for the good fruits. Many people are guilty of refusing to do good and bless others because of their own inability and specifically their refusal to allow Christ to work through them. However, the pretext given seems very spiritual and scriptural. But they are not. They are mere misinterpretations and misrepresentations to cover up their own fruitless estate.

They wanted to prevent Jesus from healing on the Sabbath. However, on that very day they had no problem whatsoever in going and holding counsel to destroy Jesus.

We will all do good to carefully examine – what we believe, why we believe, and for whom we believe. It will be a terrible tragedy indeed, if we keep pursuing our systems in the name of God without having God Himself in our life.



When God gave laws about Altars – He commanded that altars for offerings may be made of earth. If stones are used for making an altar then it should not be made of hewn stones, for God explained, “If you wield your tool on it you profane it.” (Exodus 20:25)

Now keeping those instructions in mind when we look at the prophecy of Isaiah, where he condemns the rebellion of the people in ‘making offerings on bricks’ (Isaiah 65:3). It is given as one of the many characteristics of rebellion by his generation of God’s people in ‘provoking God to His face’ and inviting severe judgment as a result.

Let us try to understand something about Worship even as we consider what was commanded by God regarding altars and then see what it meant to disobey in making offerings on bricks.

So the summary of instructions is as follows:

Stones may be used – but stones touched by tools are profane.

Earth may be used – but bricks are profane, using the same reasons, since it is human made.

But, human rebellion, as always, is marked by willfully going against of God’s commands.

An altar of bricks is actually very convenient because it neither gets your hands dirty (as in using earth), nor does it prove challenging as working with stones that are not hewn. Stones come in all shapes and size. So the altar has to be carefully made and may require undoing one or more times in the process.

We have to understand the whole process of making the altar as being synonymous with worship. We do have confidence in and access to God’s Holy presence and worship is not burdensome. However:

  1. Worship calls for being careful with our steps, words, and the process as a whole; and
  2. Worship requires the undoing of ourselves, again and again, so that we truly become, in character and nature, like the God whom we adore and worship.

We see Isaiah condemning the rebellious people who made offerings on bricks. Working with bricks is, as mentioned before, very convenient. Hands are not soiled and fingers are not hurt, no undoing is required. You just need to stack them up. Talk of human genius and invention.

Nevertheless, worship was never ever intended to be a testament of human genius and invention. Also, worship is never to be done as per our convenience.

False worship is based on human convenience and the human self is exalted in the celebration of human abilities. God is not at the center. The question we need to ask is – “Is our offering a mere token, done to make our own abilities and achievements visible?” and “Is it tailor made to suit our own convenience?” Moreover, in false worship, absolutely no transformation is called for, as undoing of the self is also so very inconvenient.

No wonder people prefer either a pain-less religion or a system of religion on their own terms and conditions. Most people just enjoy celebrating themselves and God is reduced to being made the means to such selfish and self centered ends.

Let us repent of false worship and the pretense of serving Him. Let us not hesitate to do it God’s way, even if it means that our hands will be soiled and fingers hurt.

“Let me, O Lord, be undone before you,

If need be, let me be undone again and again so that I am truly transformed.

Let me seek neither significance nor convenience.

Let me worship you Jesus, in spirit and truth.

And as I worship, make me more like you.