Walking with Jesus

Enoch was 65 years old when he fathered Methuselah. And after the birth of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and fathered other sons and daughters. So Enoch’s life lasted 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him.” (Gen 5:21-24, HCSB).

Wow, what a testimony. In these verses, God is testifying to the faithfulness of a man called Enoch. At the age of 65, he started walking with God and for 300 years he remained faithful to God. “Enoch walked with God 300 years”. Another translation (ISV) says “Enoch communed with God 300 years”. Then, Enoch was no more because God took him. In other words, since the day he met God, Enoch walked with God, communed with God and remained faithful to God until the end of his life on earth. When I read this passage, I just admire the steadfast faithfulness of this man. I just wish and desire that I may also remain faithful to God and walk with God until the day He calls me home.

Life on earth is filled with various temptations, challenges and even some opportunities. Very often, many of us get too busy with these challenges, opportunities and temptations and tend to forget the most important aspect of our lives: walking with God.

Firstly and most importantly life is an opportunity to commune and walk with God. Let us make the most of this great opportunity.

Dear Lord, help us fix our eyes on you, tune our hearts to you, and walk with you day by day until the very end. Let us commune with you years after years as Enoch did. Amen.

Defending the knowledge of God

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, …” (2 Cor 10:3-5, ESV2011).

Although we live in a physical world and operate in physical bodies we are all part of a spiritual battle. Some of us are more aware of it then others. Some people stand against God and His kingdom simply by their ignorance. Perhaps they never consciously chose to serve Satan by believing and promoting his lies serve him. Some others though are more aware of this battle and they are careful to position themselves with God. Paul was one of them. He did not only chose to position himself with God but also made it his aim to destroy every argument and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God. I am very convinced that this should be our aim too. We shall not keep silent when others distort the knowledge of God and teach false information about who God is. We shall not remain silent when post-modernists, promoters of homosexuality, Muslims, and communists teach unbiblical doctrines about God and lead the nation into deception. Remaining silent will be positioning our selves with Satan and promoting his lies with our silence. Instead, as Paul wrote, we shall destroy every argument and lofty opinion that is raised against the knowledge of God.

Love that demands sacrifice

We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?” ( 1Joh 3:16-17, NET).

Wow, what a challenging statement!

If one truly loves God and if one is indeed a true Christian than He needs to do as Christ did: lay down his life for others. In our post-modern and self-centred culture this statement sounds difficult and even unacceptable. However, in this self-sacrificial love is power of the Gospel. This self-sacrificial love of Christ sets him apart from all other so-called gods. In the same way, we are ought to love God and his people self-sacrificially. If God expected from His own Son to lay down His life for the sinful men, why should he not expect the same from us? What makes us more valuable and worthy to spare than Christ himself?

However, it is not only the unbelievers that we should love and reach with the Gospel of Christ but more than that we should love the believers in Christ.

More and more Christians around the world become victims of persecutions and are in need of a loving hand from other Christians. Let us open our hearts stretch our hand to them. That would is the true love.

May the Lord give us love and concern for fellow Christians who are in need and suffering. May we act as Christ did; laying down our possessions and life for God’s people.

Be A Wise Christian

Jesus said: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matt 10:16).

Although this verse is well known and often quoted among Christians, it is debatable if we are really wise. Especially during the last hundred years, We Christians did not really act very wisely in discerning and responding to many global issues such as Islam, post-modernism, homosexuality, human-trafficking and even slavery.

“To be wise means to be marked by understanding of people and situations, to have keen and unusual discernment, and a capacity for sound judgement in dealing with people and situations” (John McClain).

As Christians, it is our responsibility to analyse and discern people and situations with an unusual discernment and respond with Biblical principles.

Where do you invest your money? What companies and organizations do you support and work with? What political party do you vote for? In other word’s whom do you empower? If you empower people and organizations which oppose Biblical principles, one day you will find yourself in an increasingly ungodly world. If you tolerate and empower the persecutors of Christians, one day you will see that Christianity becomes the illegal religion in your country too. If you empower the promoters of homosexuality, one day you will find that your own children are brainwashed and forced into homosexuality.

May Jesus help us to be wise as serpent, discern with unusual understanding and respond with Biblical principles. May we empower those who serve Jesus, uphold His principles and oppose those who are against Christ and His values.