When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
Christian Greetings to You All!
Whenever I recollect our friendship and partnership in ministry, I get inspired to continuously pursue the dream of God for India and beyond. All of you have prayed and extended your helping hands for the graduation ceremony of both MITS and MIBCs. It was such a heart captivating moment for all our graduates, faculties and the participants as we celebrated their precious transformed and committed lives for Lord’s mission. We want to dedicate our lives at the holy feet of our Lord Jesus that He will sustain our passion to prepare Christ-like leaders for the extension of His kingdom on the earth.
Though the divine task of training and equipping the leaders has been a significant challenge, His grace and intervention was so real in all situations. In this blog, I would appreciate your attention to join with me to meditate on God’s Word, which is the foundation for our entire ministry endeavors. On the occasion of graduation, our chief guest Rev. Chuck Davis exhorted and encouraged the graduates from the passage of Acts 4:13. The context of this specific scripture depicts that, Peter and John were presented before the rulers of the people and elders of Israel. The council was gathered to find possibilities to accuse Peter and John. However, against to their expectation, the council was completely amazed by the boldness of Peter and John. Later, they realize that despite of being ignorant and unlearned, Peter and John could testify of Christ boldly, because of their relationship with Jesus.
Is not this the ultimate testimony that anyone in Christian ministry can ever dream for? When we testify God even at the verge of adverse situations, God will turn our adversaries to become the testifiers of our courageous acts. In the rapid changing context of India, how significant it is to be courageous in our faith and proclamation? We too face opposition of every kind from all the corners of society, but my co-brothers and sisters, let’s be rooted in the courage of the Lord. Another crucial aspect of Peter and John’s testimony was their identification or relationship with Jesus, their source of courage. A courageous ministry always draws its strength from the intimacy with our divine Lord. It is no wonder the entire council was amazed at the boldness of these two fishermen, just because they choose to be identified with Jesus.
Friends, let our works and endeavors for Jesus be the byproduct of our being with Jesus. No doubt, we can pretend to be more successful in ministry, but remember, we have a world out there who can perceive whether we are with Jesus or not? Can we unite our hearts to re-examine one more time to know where we stand as we continue in God’s ministry?
Quote of the Day: “When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind”
Prayer of the Day: “Help us to be rooted in You oh Lord, so that we may be found courageous in the sight of the world”