For 2 weeks, once again I was asking God to give me a message for this place. I think more than seeking the will of God, I was bothered about filling this space and therefore I received nothing.
Now today, while meditating upon the word ‘jeevan’ (in hindi, which means ‘life’, I was amazed at this one thought. Let’s consider our whole life as a book called LIFE and every day we spend as a page of this book. Each one of us has his own book and every individual is busy writing it everyday, every moment whether realizing it or not.
This God given book is currently being authored by us – by you and by me. Every thought we have is being written, every motive that we make is written, every word that we speak is registered, every emotion which we harbour is captured, every activity that we do is recorded. Every day of our life is one page and is recorded exactly how we lived it.
How was your past life? How was your last year or last month or past week? How was your yesterday? What have you written in yesterday’s page? I know for myself, there were some idle thoughts, some of them sinful from Bible standpoint; I showed some odd emotions when someone parked his car in a wrong way such that my car could not pass through and I had to honk the horn and yet he was coming carelessly; I spoke some bad words (though not abusing) within me and even harbored anger for him (did I forgive, yes, later but…), I know my wife was expecting me to give her some attention and time but I did not (or could not) and we had a minor (unspoken) tension. Nevertheless, there were good times too of spending time in prayer with fasting,
reading the word of God, worshipping in the labor camp and preaching his gospel.
Imagine, all our good works are being written with normal ink but the wrong/bad/sinful ones with red; how much of this book called life would be RED. The question which thrilled me more was – what if somebody gets to read this book. Frankly speaking, I cannot dare to allow anyone to read my book. I cannot even find a page without that red ink, and some of those recorded incidents are of such nature that I would be really ashamed if anyone read it. God reads it everyday. Yes, God reads our every page every day as it is being recorded. He knows our thoughts, our speech and our activities. Are we writing it well?
He is looking for people who will write this book as He wrote it, while he was on the earth. He wants us to live our lives like him (Philipians 2:5) so that our thoughts (Romans 15:5) are like him, our talks (Romans 15:6) are like him and our actions (Phillipians 1:27) are like him. I want to encourage you that we can do it. YES! Because… we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.
For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
[1 Corinthians 2:16]
Read the 4 gospels once again to read the thoughts, words and actions of Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to transform you in the likeness of Christ and you will see that gradually the red ink will decrease (and finally disappear on the day when Christ shall come on the clouds to take us home) on your today’s and future pages.
Dear Holy Spirit, we request you today to renew our thoughts, bless our tongues and correct our actions so that we may live a life which would glorify Jesus. We are weak and frail, and without you we can do nothing, so help us to live a life, holy and pleasing, acceptable to God, because we are aware that without holiness, no one will see God. Thank you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!!!