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We know about our Lord more than we know Him as the Lord of our lives. Too much of familiarity sometimes leads to lack of seriousness in our relationship. Where do we stand in our relationship with Jesus? What is the role of Jesus in our day to day personal life?

Our daily experience with Jesus is often limited, as a doctor to heal us when we are sick, a banker to give us money when we go through financial crisis, a counselor to give us advice when we go through troubles and so on. Indeed, our Lord is faithful and is always with us in all our situations, but is important to place Jesus as the Lord of our lives and allow Him to rule our whole life. When we do that our ‘I’ will decrease and ‘He’ will increase in us. This is how we know our relationship with Jesus is growing in the right direction and getting stronger day by day.

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It is a joyful moment when we enter into the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, we will have no desire to live for ourselves, but to live for Him who died and rose again on our behalf (2Corinthians 5:15). The moment we receive Jesus into our heart as our Lord, we not only become a child of God but our ‘self’ is crucified with Him. Moreover, the Holy Spirit starts a work in us until the day of His coming (Philippians 1:6). As and when God completes the work and we complete the task assigned to us by the Lord, we will be called home into glory to be with Him.

Peter, John and James were the three important disciples among the twelve. God, in His sovereign plan allowed, James to be killed by Herod and Peter to be delivered in a miraculous way. When we think of James’ family it was a sorrowful moment, difficult to understand, but, for Peter’s family a moment of relief. Was God partial? No not at all… God works in mysterious ways. Our God is sovereign who knows the beginning and the end. James completed the task assigned to him by the Lord and then was promoted to glory with our Lord Jesus. This is so comforting, especially when our beloved ones leave us behind and go before us to be with Jesus. Indeed, it is sorrowful but they are in a better place.

Let’s now therefore, strive forward looking unto Jesus our Lord and complete the task assigned to us.

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In our lives we face with times of joy and sorrow. If we have a choice, we would opt for joy not for sorrow. God allows sorrows in the life of a child of God because He wants His children to find joy in Him when faced with storms in life.

Sorrows and tribulations strengthen our faith in Christ. It increases our confidence in Him rather than depending on our own ability. Our Lord will not push us into sorrowful situations and leave us alone to face it. He is like a gold smith who stands with us to control the heat until it becomes a shining and beautiful piece of fine gold. Let’s praise Him for He is still working on us.

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still working on me

Jesus said “In Me you have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world”. John 16:33.

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