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God’s Election

God’s election is a mystery to the believers. We were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. ‘Calvary’ and ‘me’ were not God’s after thought, but master planned before the world was created. We are His from eternity. “They were Yours” Jesus says in John 17:6. We are not saved because we deserve it, but because He is gracious and the salvation is a free gift. We did not influence God’s plan to save us; He saved us according to His plan. It is hard to understand how God could accept us. But we were in the timeless mind of God before we existed… All Praise and glory to His Holy Name.

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Jesus and Leper

In Jesus’ time leprosy, like AIDS today, was a terrifying disease because there was no known cure. A leper was banned from contact with other people and from worship in the temple. In Mathew chapter 8 it is interesting to ponder upon the conversation between a leper and Jesus.

1) His approach to Jesus was an act of worship – “He bows down before Jesus” Mat 8:2.

A man who was cast out of the society and his own community, labeled as unclean, no association with friends and relatives, had access to worship Jesus. Jesus will not despise anyone, even a leper. He is loving and compassionate.

2) A request with Humility – “Lord if you are willing” Mat 8:2

The leper was willing to accept the divine plan of God in connection with his physical healing. He realized that meeting Jesus, bowing and worshiping Him is more than physical healing.

3) Exercised faith in Jesus – “you can make me clean” Mat 8:2

He had no doubt in the healing power of Jesus. He approached Jesus with confidence and faith.

4) Jesus’ willingness to touch and heal him – Mat 8:3

Jesus was moved with compassion and touched the leper who was cast out of the society. It doesn’t matter what situation we are in, Jesus is willing to touch and heal all our diseases and problems, if we approach Him with a heart of worship, humility and faith.

Do we approach Him with an attitude of worship?

Do we request to Him with a heart of humility?

Do we approach Him by faith and confidence?

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God’s Election

God’s election is a mystery to the believers. We were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. ‘Calvary’ and ‘me’ were not God’s after thought, but master planned before the world was created. We are His from eternity. “They were Yours” Jesus says in John 17:6. We are not saved because we deserve it, but because He is gracious and the salvation is a free gift. We did not influence God’s plan to save us; He saved us according to His plan. It is hard to understand how God could accept us. But we were in the timeless mind of God before we existed… All Praise and glory to His Holy Name.

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Spiritual maturity is lacking in our Christian circles. The main reason for that is the fact that there are many who are just hearers and not doers of God’s word. The Bible asks us in James 1:22 to be the doers of the Word, not just hearers. Many times we are only hearers. We listen to messages and evaluate the speaker. In other words, the Lord is speaking to us through his word and using the preacher, we are evaluating God. This is a dangerous proposition. We must not evaluate the message or speaker, but have to evaluate ourselves. The Bible ask us to “receive the word with meekness” James 1:21. A humble heart with an attitude of meekness will make us Him to reveal His will in our lives and we live to glorify God.   

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The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Mat 25:40. God will judge us in accordance with reaction to human needs. His judgment does not depend on the knowledge we have amassed, or the fame that have acquired but the help that we have given. 

Help in simple things. The things which Jesus picked out – giving hungry man a meal, welcoming a stranger, cheering the sick, visiting the prisoner are things which anyone can do. It is not the question of giving away thousands of dollar or of writing our names in the annals of history; it is a case of giving simple help to the people we meet every day. We see the needy if we are willing to open our eyes and look around. 

Help which is uncalculating. We always extend our help expecting a big reward in heaven. We do business on the earth to multiply our income and we extend help to others with an attitude of multiplying eternal reward, thus we do business with God. Here we see those who helped did not think that they are helping Christ and thus piling up eternal merit; they helped because they could not stop themselves. It was natural, instinctive, quite uncalculating reaction of the loving heart. Whereas, the attitude of those who failed to help was; ‘if we had known it was You we would have gladly have helped; but we thought it was some common man who was not worth helping. When we help others out of self-esteem for praise and thanks and publicity is not a help. Such help is not generosity; it is disguised selfishness. 

The help which wins the approval of God is that which is given for nothing but the sake of helping and for His glory.

Do we help to get publicity and fame?

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To be a Jew meant you were in God’s family, an heir to all His promises. Yet in Rom 2:25-29, Apostle Paul made it very clear that membership in God’s family is based on internal, not external qualities. All whose hearts are right with God are real Jews – that is part of God’s family. “Be sure that it is those who are of FAITH who are sons of Abraham” Gal 3:7

According to Apostle Paul, being a Jew (being circumcised) meant nothing if the person did not obey God’s laws. A real Jew (one who pleases God) is not someone who has been circumcised (a Jew outwardly) but someone whose heart is right with God and obey Him (a Jew inwardly).

Attending church or being baptized or part of the choir team or being a member of a particular evangelical Church is not enough; just as submitting to circumcision was not enough for the Jews. God desires our heart-felt devotion and obedience, a Christ-like life that pleases Him, a closer walk with Him that makes us a true disciple of Jesus.

Am I a Christian Inwardly?

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Jesus always considered the needy and extended help wherever it was necessary. Jesus had compassion for the multitudes that were with Him for 3 days. He said to the disciples, “I do not want to send them away hungry for they might faint on the way”. And He fed them Mat 15:32. Jesus wasn’t busy to halt for two blind men, crying out for help. He was moved with compassion and healed them Mat 20:32-34. Jesus stopped for the chief tax collector Zacchaeus who had a deep desire to meet Him and brought salvation to his home. He was mindful of the spiritual need of Zacchaeus. Luke 9:1-10

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” Phil 2:5 (NASB) 

What is our reaction to human needs?

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